Netherlands Intends to Build the World’s Largest Offshore Hydrogen Production Facility


As per reports, the Netherlands intends to build the world’s largest offshore hydrogen production facility. The Dutch government has chosen the location for the hydrogen production facility. The project’s electrolysis capacity is around 500MW. It will be located to the north of the Wadden Islands wind energy zone and will begin operations in 2031.

The government revealed its intention to pursue offshore hydrogen production in December, and the Ministry of Climate and Energy Policy has now confirmed the site selection, which will be based on current plans for offshore wind farm construction and the existing natural gas pipeline. The initiative would be the first of its kind, including large-scale hydrogen synthesis at sea.

The location chosen is the Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden Wind Farm Zone, which is located in the North Sea 30 nautical miles off the north coast of the Netherlands.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate is discussing several crucial issues with the Groningen region, parties close to the Wadden Sea Area, and other parties engaged. The location was chosen because a wind farm was already proposed there. The plan was to generate energy while reusing an existing natural gas pipeline for transit to land and connecting it to the onshore hydrogen channel.

The Netherlands government will create a smaller pilot project with an electrolysis capacity of 50 MW to 100 MW as a stepping stone to the 500 MW offshore green hydrogen project. The pilot will be used to test and adjust the technology for the large-scale project to be completed effectively. The pilot project’s site will be determined later this year.

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As the Netherlands intends to build the world’s largest offshore hydrogen production facility, it will use renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power to manufacture hydrogen.

Offshore hydrogen production locations have access to strong and persistent wind resources, as well as the potential for larger-scale production owing to an additional area. Moreover, these sites might avoid land-use issues and lessen aesthetic consequences.

Source: Government of the Netherlands

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