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The Sinnewetterstof Project in Netherlands Gains Momentum: Hydrogen Customer Contract Has Been Signed and Construction Preparations Have Begun

By June 10, 2021 3   min read  (493 words)

June 10, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, The Sinnewetterstof Project in Netherlands Gains Momentum: Hydrogen Customer Contract Has Been Signed and Construction Preparations Have Begun

Orangegas (OG), supplier of green fuels throughout the Netherlands, has signed an agreement with GroenLeven for the purchase of green hydrogen from the Sinnewetterstof project in Oosterwolde. 

Preparations for the construction of the project by Alliander have also started. In this project, Alliander and GroenLeven are developing an installation that converts solar energy from the adjacent solar park into hydrogen. OG will distribute this hydrogen to various filling stations throughout the Netherlands.

In the Sinnewetterstof project, an electrolyzer converts solar energy into hydrogen at times when a surplus of solar energy is available. In this way, the project contributes to solving the grid congestion problem in the Netherlands. As a result, sustainably generated power cannot be returned everywhere. With this hydrogen solution, this generated energy is not lost, but it can be stored locally in a sustainable form. This is an important step for the future, both for integrating solar energy into the Dutch energy mix, and also for making other sectors such as mobility more sustainable. For example, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has designated green hydrogen as one of the 5 technological pillars that can contribute to reducing global CO2 emissions.

This pilot project will examine how the electrolyser adapts to the fluctuating generation of the solar park. Willem de Vries, project manager at GroenLeven, explains: “In addition to the fact that this project will give us insight into how we can use green hydrogen as renewable energy that can be stored, we are also looking at how the electrolyzer can move with the constantly changing generated from the solar park. We look forward to learning more about the possibilities of such an installation and what it could mean for the future.”

Collaboration is an important ingredient in this pilot project. Peter Paul Weeda, COO GroenLeven, said about this earlier: “If you want to make the energy transition a success, you have to step over your own shadow. You have to understand each other’s point of view in order to arrive at solutions. This pilot will help with that.”

Progress
Recently, the final touches were made in the cooperation agreements between GroenLeven and Alliander. They have now started preparations for the construction of the system and are working intensively on the test protocols. Ecological work landscape Ecomunitypark and the municipality of Ooststellingwerf offer the space and possibilities to realize this project.

The distribution of the green hydrogen is provided by OG in the new collaboration. OG is a supplier of and builds filling stations with only 100% clean fuels.

Marcel Borger, CEO and founder of OG: “This project fits perfectly with our OG Dream vision of offering clean fuels from 100% natural Dutch sources. Our customers trust that they refuel really clean at OG. So together with our own local biogas production locations and this green hydrogen project with GroenLeven, we are fulfilling the promise to our customers.”

Construction of the system is expected to be completed by the end of August.

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