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Sat May 4, 2019, 08:43 PM

Hydrogen: the Northern Netherlands is ready. "Hydrogen Valley" Planned.

The Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe have drawn up a €2.8 billion plan to turn their region into a “hydrogen valley” and be a springboard for the hydrogen economy globally, explains Ulco Vermeulen, Director Business Development at Gasunie



3 MAY 2019 | Foresight

When EU climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete visited The Hague, the capital of the Netherlands, on 4 April 2019, he was presented with a world first, an investment plan to deliver emissions-free hydrogen at commercial scale by 2030.

Companies and governments in the northern Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe have drawn up a €2.8 billion plan that is intended to turn their region into a “hydrogen valley” and be a springboard for the hydrogen economy globally. The initiative is supported by over 50 partners around the world.

Green hydrogen is made from the electrolysis of water powered by renewable energies. While already present in some industrial settings, it remains expensive and small-scale. The stepping stone to it is blue hydrogen, made from natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS). Blue hydrogen will play an important transitional role in making emissions-free hydrogen available in sufficient volumes to boost and integrate different sectoral uses, and to ensure competitive pricing.

Most people accept that gas will still be part of the European energy system in 2050. It will have a role to play in industry, transport, heating and cooling, and balancing variable renewables such as wind and solar in the power system...more: https://foresightdk.com/hydrogen-northern-netherlands-is-ready/

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