Netherlands: First Homes on a Hydrogen network in 2022

By November 2, 2020 4   min read  (567 words)

November 2, 2020 |

Netherlands First Homes on a Hydrogen network in 2022
  • 4.4 M euros for Hydrogen Neighbourhood

Hoogeveen and Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet can set to work on transferring homes from natural gas to hydrogen. The grants have been awarded. Hoogeveen expects to have connected the first six homes to the hydrogen network by 2022.

The municipality of Hoogeveen will receive a contribution of 4.4 million euros through the Natural Gas-Free Districts Program to replace natural gas with green hydrogen in part of the Erflanden district. This can be done by using the existing natural gas network for the transport of hydrogen and by replacing the current central heating boilers with hydrogen central heating boilers.

A total of 10 million subsidy

The municipality of Hoogeveen is working together with the City on the Haringvliet, a village in the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee. Stad aan het Haringvliet has similar plans for the use of hydrogen and has received a contribution of 5.6 million euros from the Natural Gas-Free Neighborhoods Program.

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Natural Gas-Free Neighborhoods Program

The contribution of the Natural Gas-Free Neighborhoods Program is important to make the transition from natural gas to hydrogen affordable for residents. It pays for the conversion of the house to hydrogen; residents will therefore not pay more than they currently pay for natural gas.

And now further …

Hoogeveen wants to further develop the plan together with the residents of Erflanden and the cooperation partners in 2021. It is expected that the first six homes in Erflanden will be able to be connected to the hydrogen network around the summer of 2022. Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet expects to have the first homes connected to the hydrogen network by 2025.


Who will follow?

Hoogeveen and Goeree-Overflakkee are part of 71 municipalities that previously submitted an application for homes on hydrogen. 19 applications were selected from this. The ones for Erflanden and Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet are currently sufficiently detailed and substantiated, according to the government, to reward them with a subsidy.

Involvement of residents

The motivation for the award states that the proposal has been properly worked out financially, technically and organisationally and that the right stakeholders are involved. What also speaks for the project is that these are initiatives in which the residents are involved or for which they have taken the initiative themselves.


The residents of Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet work together with nine parties, namely Coöperatie Deltawind, Eneco, Gasunie, Greenpoint Group, Hygro, East West Wonen, the province of South Holland, network operator Stedin and the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee.

Hydrogen in buildings already tested

Hydrogen in existing buildings is currently being tested at various locations. For example, homes are equipped with hydrogen-based heating in Rozenburg, in Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet (the Innovation House) and in Delft (The Green Village).

Now applicable on a larger scale

Both in Hoogeveen and in Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet, research is now being carried out into what is needed to put the techniques from these test locations into practice on a large scale in an existing neighborhood. The challenge is not only in coordinating the technology. The challenge also lies in the development of legislation and regulations: who is responsible for which part of the process, who controls the implementing parties, the structure of finances? What ultimately pays tax on who and how much? What is the democratic basis behind the switch; when is there sufficient support to take the step?

Source: H2 Platfom

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