The Audi e-gas plant located in Werlte in Lower Saxony contributes to stabilizing the public power grid. After finishing a test sequence, the factory has been officially qualified for participating in the electricity balancing market under the direction of grid operator Tennet TSO GmbH. In order to qualify for this, the plant had to be able to draw 6 megawatts of power from the grid in up to 5 minutes and also run on the prescribed load profiles.
Now that the Audi e-gas plant is a member in the electricity balancing market, it can target higher annual operating times and in return benefits both the power grid as well as the quantity of Audi e-gas produced.
Launched in 2013, the factory is the venue where Audi makes synthetic methane from water and CO2 by using wind-generated electricity. The only model in Audi’s lineup compatible with e-gas is the A3 Sportback g-tron, but it is going to be joined sometime next year by the brand new A4 Avant g-tron based on the B9 generation.
Besides e-gas, it should be mentioned Audi has teamed up with Joule Unlimited Technologies from United States to use microorganisms in order to create synthetic fuels such as the Audi e-diesel and Audi e-ethanol.