Hydrogen is believed to play a major role in greening the gas grid in need to be CO2-emission free by 2050. On the other hand, the gas grid offers to utilize existing assets and hence, provide an economically viable option to support the electricity grid in balancing the ever growing quantities of renewable and fluctuating electricity through energy transport and storage at large scale.
Based on a set of recent studies for DG Energy and other assignments for industry and politics, LBST had the opportunity to understand the needs, the potential impact and the required timelines of an introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier in the European gas infrastructure. The dimensions of this task being multiple, this presentation will focus on the technical and economic aspects such as the choice of green or blue hydrogen in the transition phase, the options in the transmission versus distribution grid, the central versus the onsite hydrogen production options, hydrogen blending to natural gas versus pure hydrogen pipelines, the option to refurbish existing pipelines versus new-built ones, domestic hydrogen production versus hydrogen imports, hydrogen imports through the gas grid versus other competing liquid energy carrier options and the variety of member state preferences and visions to contribute.
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Mr. Bünger has worked for Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) since 1990 as systems analyst, senior scientist and consultant for industry and politics, focus on systems- and feasibility analyses on hydrogen as energy carrier, small stationary fuel cells and fuel cells for the power sector as well as for transport, process analyses of (alternative) fuels and drive systems, large scale energy storage with hydrogen and roll-out of hydrogen infrastructures for transport and power-to-gas as new concept for energy storage as well as the needs to and impact of integrating hydrogen as energy carrier in the European gas grids.
He has worked on, initiated or coordinated several hydrogen and fuel cell strategy projects, roadmaps and Lighthouse Projects for Germany and Europe. Current focus is hydrogen for large scale energy storage for hydrogen and methane gas in their function to support the power sector in integrating large quantities of fluctuating renewable electricity.
Bünger was engaged in teaching students and supervising PhDs in hydrogen energy systems as Prof. II in a part time assignment at the Norwegian University of Natural Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim from 2003 to 2013, focus on advanced hydrogen storage.
He has published numerous papers and contributed to numerous German, European and international conferences on the above topics.
He is partner of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik since 2003 and director of the foundation council of the Ludwig-Bölkow Foundation since 2015.
Educated in Mech. Eng. (energy) at University Hannover (Dipl.-Ing., Dr. Ing.), M.Sc. in Mech. Eng. from Purdue University (Lafayette/IN) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta/GA), and former Prof. II at the Norwegian University of Natural Science and Technology NTNU (Trondheim) in hydrogen energy.
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