Research project

1st power-to-methane demonstration plant in Switzerland

Theoretical studies had shown that power-to-gas plants can make a decisive contribution to the conversion of the energy supply from fossil to renewable energy sources. The IET is putting this theory into practice and thus making a decisive contribution to the maturation and deployment of the technology.

From 2014 to 2017, Switzerland's first power-to-methane plant was built and operated at the IET in Rapperswil. The electricity for the plant was produced with a photovoltaic system. The hydrogen required was produced with electrolysis and the carbon dioxide was extracted directly from the ambient air with a filter system from the company Climeworks. In a catalytic reactor, the chemical compounds were converted into methane gas. This methane could be obtained directly from a vehicle at the integrated filling station. A tankful of a passenger car holds 14 kg of methane. This production requires 62.9 l of water, 38.4 kg of CO2 and 626.6 kWh of electrical energy. The efficiency of this power-to-gas plant thus reached 35 %. The plant was also connected to the local natural gas grid, which meant that the gas could also be fed into the gas grid for storage.

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The IET's 1st power-to-gas plant was realised by a consortium of research funding and industry:

  • Audi
  • Climeworks
  • EWJR
  • Energy Lake Zurich Linth
  • Natural Gas Regio
  • Natural gas, the friendly energy
  • Innosuisse

Duration: 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017