The conversion of renewable electricity into hydrogen via electrolysis and the subsequent synthesis of different hydrocarbons (e.g. methane, synthetic fuels and other chemical carriers) is the core element of sustainable sector coupling. Methanation plants convert hydrogen and CO2 into synthetic methane and thus enable unrestricted feed-in into the natural gas grid. In addition, certain applications, such as in mobility, require liquid energy carriers with high energy densities, such as methanol or other synthetic fuels, which are provided from hydrogen by methanol syntheis and the Fischer-Tropsch process.

We are happy to support you with techno-economic, environmental and strategic analyses in respect to feasibility, selection and implementation of Power-to-Gas and Power-to-Liquids projects. When necessary we can use two established tools: PtX database (global overview over planned and realised PtX projects) and E3database (software tool and data base for life cycle analyses).


Contact person

Patrick Schmidt

Patrick Schmidt

  • Senior Consultant

Selected references


December 2019

ElementEins feasibility study

In 2019, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik carried out a comprehensive feasibility study for the large 100 MW power-to-gas project ElementEins. It provided information on the choice of location, approval requirements, components, the system concept, and the potential mode of operation.


February 2018

Intelligent sector coupling

Amprion and OGE have jointly commissioned LBST to analyze the economic and climate-relevant effects of a broad introduction of Power-to-Gas (PtG) compared to an “all-electric” world for Germany up to 2050 in sector-specific detail. The electricity sector with its inherent flexibility options was completely modeled, except for the electricity distribution network.


September 2016

PtL fuels as renewable aviation fuels

The study “Power-to-Liquids – Potentials and Perspectives for the Future Supply of Renewable Aviation Fuel” commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and prepared by LBST with partners introduces the concept of fuel production from renewable electricity, the so-called power-to-liquid (PtL).