Shell plans to create the largest hydrogen projectFebruary 27, 2020
Shell and Gasunie want to create Europe’s largest hydrogen project at the port of Delfzale. The parties plan to produce hydrogen there from a large wind farm by 2030.
The ambitious plans of the parties are to build the largest wind farm with a capacity of 3 to 4 gigawatts, which should grow to 10 gigawatts by 2040. Such a power plant will produce as much electricity as 12.5 million households consume annually. This green energy will then be used to produce hydrogen.
Negotiations are currently underway, as a result of which it will become clear how feasible this project is. This process should be completed by the end of the year, after which government approval is expected. If everything goes according to plan, in 2040 the project can produce 800 thousand tons of green hydrogen per year, which will save 7 megatons of CO2 emissions annually.
The emergence of a new project can be a good incentive for the development of the automotive industry. Hydrogen may be the solution for those who want to ride an electric car, but are afraid of a long refueling and a limited range of BEV. In addition to a limited range of models (Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo), undeveloped infrastructure will also be a thing of the past.
At the moment, in the Netherlands there are only four publicly available hydrogen stations, one of which has only 350 bar and therefore is hardly suitable for cars. By the end of next year, there should be about twenty. The latest FCEV hydrogen stations will be installed in the port area of Amsterdam and in Groningen.
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