Governments and companies in the Northern Netherlands want to invest 2.8 billion euros in the large-scale application of sustainably generated hydrogen over the next twelve years.
The report was published by the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, as well as 17 other organisations.
Emission-free (green) hydrogen can play an important role in making the industry more sustainable, as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
In addition, hydrogen can be used as an ‘energy carrier’, for example in transport, as is currently done with the two hydrogen buses that run in Groningen, or as a ‘battery’ to absorb fluctuations in the supply of renewable energy from wind and sun.
In order to ensure that emission-free hydrogen will soon be available to a large extent, and can actually compete with fossil fuels, there will be a need for scaling up in the coming years. With the investment agenda, the northern authorities and companies want to achieve this scale. In 2030 they expect to be able to produce, use and transport emission-free hydrogen on a large scale and cost-effectively.
Northern Netherlands has plenty of opportunities to develop into a green hydrogen combo, the nineteen parties write in the plan. There is a lot of knowledge available and with the wind and solar parks the region can supply the renewable energy needed for the large-scale production of green hydrogen. In addition, there are large potential industrial customers in the North; in the Eemshaven, Delfzijl and Emmen.
National climate targets
By investing in emission-free hydrogen, the North not only strengthens the regional economy and its position as an energy region in Europe, but also contributes to the national climate goals and knowledge economy.