Shell is making a start with the construction of a network of hydrogen filling stations in the Netherlands. In the first instance it concerns four Shell stations: two in the Amsterdam region, one in The Hague and one in Pesse (Drenthe). The intention is that hydrogen will be available at these stations by the beginning of 2020 at the latest.
Shell wants to play an active role in the transition of the Dutch energy system and investigates the possibilities for new activities. "Electric mobility - both hydrogen-electric and battery-electric - is an example of this," says Marjan van Loon, CEO of Shell Netherlands. "We are already working on a network of fast charging stations in the Netherlands, and now we are also involved in the construction of a network of hydrogen stations." Marjan van Loon also drives a hydrogen car.
No emissions of CO 2 or particulate matter
Shell wants to develop a wide range to continue the initial success of (hydrogen) electric vehicles. Oliver Bishop, General Manager Hydrogen at Shell: "The advantages of hydrogen-electric driving are the range and the fact that a full tank of hydrogen can be refueled within five minutes. The only residual product of hydrogen-powered is water vapor from the exhaust. This directly contributes significantly to better air quality. And if the hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar energy, it is even CO 2 -neutral across the entire chain. "
Shell uses the Demonstration Regulation for Climate Technologies and Innovations in Transport (DKTI Transport) of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for the roll-out of hydrogen stations. Through this scheme, companies, knowledge institutions and non-governmental organizations can apply for subsidy for transport solutions with low or no CO 2 emissions.
Shell's hydrogen stations are part of the extensive hydrogen project H2Benelux. This project is co-financed by the 'Connecting Europe Facility' of the European Union. Oliver Bishop: "We are happy with the cooperation with other companies and governments. In Germany you can see how successful this can be. Here companies work together with the government on a network of four hundred hydrogen stations by the end of 2023, of which 230 will be Shell. And successful partnerships in the United Kingdom, Canada and California lead to the rollout of hydrogen station networks. "