Ørsted has received a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Economy and Climate to develop a 100 MW hydrogen project in Zeeland to replace fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen produced from renewable energy via electrolysis.
The grant is from the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) programme, an integrated European project consisting of several national projects by companies and/or research institutions from various EU member states that are complementary, have synergy and contribute to strategic European goals.
The project is located in the North Sea Ports port area in the province of Zeeland and has a 100 MW electrolyser capacity. The aim is to replace fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen produced via electrolysis with renewable energy. The intention is for fertilizer company Yara to become a buyer of a significant part of the renewable hydrogen for the production of green ammonia, intended for the production of green fertilisers, among other things.
With a capacity of 100MW, this large-scale project can play an important role in realising Dutch ambitions in renewable hydrogen.
According to Oliva Breese, CEO of Ørsted P2X, the IPCEI process is helping to launch the renewable hydrogen sector, but regulatory frameworks aimed at stimulating supply and demand for switching from fossil fuels to zero-emission alternatives are needed to create a European frontrunner position.
The Netherlands is a strategic market for Ørsted. The company operates the Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm off the coast of Zeeland. Ørsted is also involved in the Power-to-X project SeaH2Land, exploiting Dutch offshore wind resources to produce green hydrogen for a possible cross-border hydrogen network in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Source: Ørsted