Mission H2 and TeamNL give positive energy to the energy transition. Specifically, the aim of the mission is, together with the government and a large number of Dutch companies, to have realised a mini-chain by the summer of 2024, during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, leading to a fully functioning hydrogen market by 2030. Read more about the role and vision of Groningen Seaports below.
Groningen Seaports is committed to scaling up the production of green hydrogen.
Currently, dozens of hydrogen projects are already under development in the Northern Netherlands, many of which are planned in the port of Delfzijl and Eemshaven. Examples include the realization of electrolysers and hydrogen plants, the creation of specific port facilities, the development of a plastic pipeline system ("backbone"), as well as the use of hydrogen in public transport and the development of hydrogen filling stations. In addition, there is a great need for new applications in the hydrogen ecosystem. Groningen Seaports is therefore fully committed to innovation and to this end provides space and facilities for test centers, start-ups, scale-ups, pilot and demo plants.
Energy carrier with potential
Hydrogen (H2) is an energy carrier with a wide range of application possibilities. Not only for the ports, but also for the entire region including the city of Groningen. Among other things, green hydrogen can be used as transport fuel, for households, for industry, as a sustainable industrial feedstock and as energy storage to replace batteries. In Delfzijl and Eemshaven, green hydrogen can soon be produced, imported, stored and transported. It will also be processed as a raw material into other products, such as synthetic fuels, plastics and fertilizers.
Unique hydrogen ecosystem
In recent years, the Northern Netherlands has been fully committed to developing a hydrogen ecosystem. Consequently, it has received European recognition (FCH JU) and is now considered the leading Hydrogen Valley in Europe: a full-fledged ecosystem of green hydrogen, from production, transport to use in industry, mobility and built environment. The unique characteristics of the Northern Netherlands contribute to this: a large potential for large-scale wind energy, sufficient locations for production, an existing gas infrastructure, access to the market and knowledge of and experience with transport and trade in gases. In short, the Northern Netherlands is uniquely positioned to become Europe's hydrogen frontrunner.
Briefly, why Northern Netherlands?
1. Space for wind farms in North Sea (windy environment and shallow).
2. Sufficient space for electrolysers (in both port areas).
3. Local use (Delfzijl and Emmen industry).
4. World's densest gas network (redundant)
5. Storage Zuidwending (salt caverns).
6. Education | mbo/hbo/wo (universities/schools well equipped)
Why Mission H2?
Groningen Seaports is strongly committed to scaling up the production of green hydrogen. Dozens of hydrogen projects are already under development in the Northern Netherlands, many of which are planned in the port of Delfzijl and Eemshaven. All the ingredients are present in the Northern Netherlands to go for gold and become Europe's hydrogen frontrunner. Participation in Mission H2 also contributes to this and helps us strengthen our position. Therefore, we will continue our partnership in Mission H2 up to and including the 2024 Games in climate city Paris. Together we will make the Netherlands Hydrogen Nation 2030!