In the next 12 years, industry and governments in the Northern Netherlands want to invest 2.8 billion euro in zero emission hydrogen. Today, they handed their joint investment agenda, Integral hydrogen plan Northern Netherlands / Integraal waterstofplan Noord-Nederland) to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate.
The plan is drafted by 19 parties: Avebe, BioMCN, EMMTEC services, Eneco, Engie, Equinor, ESD-SIC, Groningen Seaports, Lagerwey, NAM, Gasunie, Nedmag, Nouryon, Nuon/Vattenfall, Province of Groningen, Shell, Suikerunie, Teijin Aramid and water company Groningen. Together, they hold a portfolio of 30 projects to upscale the production, use and transportation of hydrogen. The projects range from the development of a 200 MW elektrolyser to wind turbines that will directly produce hydrogen.
Hydrogen can be used to increase the sustainability of the industry, to function as cleaner alternative for raw materials and as energy carrier (for mobility, built surroundings and as battery to balance the supply from wind and sun).
There are some conditions to develop large-scale emission-free hydrogen. It needs large investments, innovation, guaranteed demand, long-term guarantee of availability of hydrogen, proper transportation and storage possibilities. The Northern Netherlands have an extensive gas infrastructure which could be used for future transportation and storage of hydrogen. The region has both the renewable energy sources available for producing hydrogen (wind and solar) as well as future users. Energy company Nuon is already partly adapting its Magnum power station to produce electricity from hydrogen.
With the support of the Government the process of accelerating the production of emission-free hydrogen can be accelerated. The 19 parties expect to be able to produce, use and transport affordable large-scale emission-free hydrogen by 2030. They ask the Minister for support by means of clear regulations and clear certification of hydrogen. In addition, they stress the importance of a SDE+ like scheme to temporarily cover part of the price difference between emission-free hydrogen and grey hydrogen. The unprofitable part is expected to amount to 100 million euro per year, up to 2024.
The focus is on developing production installations of at least 100 MW for green hydrogen and 1.2 GW for blue hydrogen. At the moment, the largest installation to produce green hydrogen using electrolyse, is 1 MW. In addition, the partners want to realise the required infrastructure for transportation and storage and redesign the processes in the industry and electricity production to facilitate the use of hydrogen. Source: Groningen Seaports