Groningen Airport Eelde the First Hydrogen Valley Airport in Europe

By March 31, 2021 3   min read  (441 words)

March 31, 2021 |

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Groningen Airport Eelde the first Hydrogen Valley Airport in Europe. Groningen Airport Eelde and New Energy Coalition are going to work together. The parties will cooperate intensively to make the airport more sustainable by means of hydrogen applications.

Groningen Airport Eelde’s ambition is to become the most sustainable airport in Europe. This collaboration is in line with the hydrogen objectives of the Northern Netherlands region. The airport is located in the middle of the first Hydrogen Valley in Europe. Groningen Airport Eelde is the first Hydrogen Valley Airport with this collaboration.

Hydrogen Ambitions

Groningen Airport Eelde With the NXT Airport initiative, Groningen Airport Eelde focuses, among other things, on making aviation and airports more sustainable. Sustainability innovations are being worked on within projects together with educational institutions, the business community and governments. The focus is mainly on hydrogen technology. The airport’s ambition is to produce green hydrogen on the airport site and to be able to use it on both land and airside for innovative applications.


infrastructure GroenLeven has built a solar park with a capacity of 21.9 MW between the runway, apron and taxiway at Groningen Airport Eelde. Groningen Airport Eelde and GroenLeven want to use electrolysis to produce green hydrogen at the airport.

This green hydrogen can then be used in many ways. For example, the intention is to realize a multi-fuel filling station that serves both land and airside. On landside, for example, passenger cars, trucks and intercity buses can refuel. In the future, this will serve ground handling equipment, hydrogen drones and hydrogen aircraft on airside.

Ground handling Groningen Airport Eelde emission-free by 2030

Groningen Airport Eelde wants to have completely emission-free ground handling by 2030. The airport wants to use hydrogen applications in particular for this. Together with Holthausen Clean Technology, we are looking at the conversion of existing equipment as well as the development of innovative hydrogen-powered ground equipment; which does not yet exist on the market.

Collaboration New Energy Coaltion

Marieke Abbink-Pellenbarg, General Manager of New Energy Coalion, is pleased with the collaboration:

The New Energy Coalion Foundation connects parties to create collaborations for an accelerated transition to a sustainable energy economy. In addition to road, water and rail transport, we can now also include air transport in the Hydrogen Valley.

“This is a very valuable addition and strengthens the position of the Hydrogen Valley, the testing ground for hydrogen development in the Northern Netherlands. We will use our knowledge and network to help Groningen Airport Eelde in their ambition to become the most sustainable and hydrogen-powered airport in Europe”.

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