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PosHYdon: The World’s First Green Offshore Hydrogen Project Explained in New Video

By October 29, 2019 2   min read  (371 words)

October 29, 2019 |

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At the beginning of July 2019, it was announced that the Q13a-A platform of Neptune Energy in the Netherlands had been selected for the first offshore green hydrogen pilot in the world. 

This pilot, which has since been given the name PosHYdon, integrates three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas and hydrogen.

The pilot is an initiative of Nexstep, the Dutch Association for Decommissioning and Reuse, and TNO in close collaboration with industry. The aim is to gain experience with the use of an electrolyser at sea and to test the integration of various energy systems.

Together with our partners, a video has now been made with English, Dutch and German subtitles, explaining how this pilot should work. The plan is to place a 1-megawatt electrolyser in a sea container on the platform. The platform, the Q13a-A is very suitable for this. It is the first fully electrified offshore platform in the Dutch part of the North Sea and is located around 13 kilometers from the coast of Scheveningen. This electrification with green electricity saves 16.5 kilotons of CO 2 per year. That is comparable to flying 115,500 times from Amsterdam to Paris.

To produce green hydrogen, seawater on the platform will be converted into demineralised water. Wind power is used to produce the green hydrogen. The engineering & design phase is currently taking place. The first actual hydrogen production is expected in the course of 2021. The pilot aims to gain experience with the production of hydrogen in an offshore environment and to see the influence of salt on the electrolyser.North Sea EnergyThe pilot is a spin-off from the North Sea Energy program: a public-private research consortium of more than 30 parties from or related to the energy sector. The aim of this program is to develop relevant knowledge and thus make the right choices, so that a new, flexible and integrated energy system is created in 2030. Smart connections between current and future forms of energy production in the North Sea can help society to save time, costs and space and to reduce CO 2 emissions. The North Sea Energy program aims to make the best possible use of the synergy benefits arising from the integration of existing and new energy systems. 
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