The Netherlands may soon see Europe’s largest green hydrogen plant. It only depends whether AkzoNobel and Gasunie find their plans for a 20 MW facility to be feasible. If so, they would generate 3,000t of green H2 a year.
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Gasunie New Energy are jointly investigating the large scale conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen via the electrolysis of water.
Intended for Delfzijl in the Netherlands, the installation would use a 20 megawatt water electrolysis unit, to convert electricity from renewables into 3,000 tons of green hydrogen a year.
A final decision is expected by 2019. But if the plant would go live, it could produce enough hydrogen to fill 300 fuel cell buses, or enough for one such bus to drive around the earth more than 1,100 times.
Moreover, the planned 20 megawatt facility would help the industry in scaling up electrolysis technology. The largest planned electrolysis unit in the Netherlands has a capacity of one megawatt so far but the long-term goal is to be able to build installations that convert and store hydrogen on an even larger scale, i.e. from 100 megawatts.
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