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The workshop of the TSOs regarding the market area merger is the topic of the month. I moderated the workshop but that does not mean that I cannot report independently. At the end of the workshop, I praised the TSOs for their presentation of the capacity model. Of course, the TSOs’ presentation did not answer all questions. Some participants even had more questions than answers after the event. But what was important for me, is that these questions are now possible and the further debate is opened. This was more than necessary. As a side note: The report will also be about FZK, bFZK, TaK and DZK. In the story, I have refrained from explaining these terms and hope that you, dear readers, are frequent readers of this publication and familiar with the abbreviations. But for rookies, I am willing to produce a glossary on request.

Company strategies and resultsAmprion/Open Grid Europe

In June last year, the power transmission system operator Amprion and Open Grid Europe introduced their “idea” for a 100 MW electrolyser (ener|gate Gasmarkt 07/19). In the meantime, the idea has become a project, as Amprion Technology Managing Director Klaus Kleinekorte and Thomas Hüwener, responsible for technology in the OGE management board,described at a press conference in Berlin in February. Both explained the new status in a press meeting in February in Berlin. What does that mean exactly? Two project managers were appointed (one from Amprion, one from OGE) and a project name – Hybridge – was chosen. A location was chosen (Lingen in the southern Lower Saxony in the Ems region, Figure 10) and a first utilisation concept was made. The focus will clearly be on the utilisation of hydrogen for industries. OGE will convert a pipeline from gas to hydrogen (the green line in Figure 10). Close to the pipeline salt caverns used for gas storage (Epe) might be converted to hydrogen, but at a later stage. The pipeline might even be extended. Smaller volumes of hydrogen are to be injected into the gas network. And on small scale, processing the hydrogen to methane (CO2 and CH4 in Figure 10) is planned. What is missing?

Framework conditionsReport of the "Coal Commission"

The Commission “Growth, Structural Change and Employment” (often dubbed “Coal Commission”) presented its final report in January. Whether the phasing out of coal based on the measures proposed by the commission will be too expensive is a societal question. Around at least 80 billion euros (there is no detailed calculation) will be spent for measures to improve the regional structure in lignite regions as well as for the compensation of coal-fired power plant operators and power users. It remains to be seen whether all proposals are transposed into legally binding measures. There are still a number of open questions and conflicts within the governing coalition about the transposition are already becoming visible.