Dutch subsidize €785M for eight hydrogen projects

In the upcoming years, the Netherlands’ output of green hydrogen will increase significantly. Eight projects that aim to produce green hydrogen on a big scale have been chosen and are therefore qualified for funding. Electrolyzers in the smallest projects range in size from 100 MW to 850 MW. The eight projects have been chosen as being of relevance to Europe.

Rotterdam is home to half of the large-scale generating efforts. Air Liquide and Vattenvall are collaborating on a 200 MW electrolyser at CurtHyl. As part of the H2-Fifty project, BP and HyCC intend to set up a 250 MW hydrogen production in the port region. In the Rotterdam port region, Uniper’s Hydrogen to Maasvlakte effort, with a 500 MW capacity, is the largest initiative. Shell plans to put a 200 MW electrolyzer as part of Holland Hydrogen 1 (picture).

The ELYgatot project from Air Liquide has been chosen for Terneuzen. This relates to a 200 MW producing facility. Ørsted and Yara are collaborating in Sluiskil on the 100 MW Haddock project.

Within the H2ermes collaboration, HyCC and Tata Steel intend to construct a 100 MW electrolyzer close to Amsterdam.

Plans for Eemshaven in Groningen, where Engie plans to build an 850 MW electrolyzer as part of the HyNetherlands project, are for the largest hydrogen plant in the Netherlands.

A total of 783.5 million euros will be provided as funding for the Dutch projects.

The firms had from September 1 through September 14, via a tender, to register with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) for the second round of the IPCEI Hydrogen: Hydrogen generation via electrolysis. There is a waiting list for the application. RVO makes distribution decisions based on input from a panel of impartial specialists. Thirteen weeks are allotted for the assessment phase, with the possibility of an extra thirteen weeks if necessary. Prior to the year’s conclusion, it is desired to be able to reveal the final choice.

The 783.5 million euros are a part of a broader, more than 5 billion euro European finance package for hydrogen projects all over the continent. It is anticipated that the investments would bring in an additional €7 billion in private funding. Of the 35 initiatives around Europe, financing for 8 has been secured by the Netherlands. According to the European Commission, the funding will aid in the development of “large-scale electrolyzers and transport infrastructure for the generation, storage, and delivery of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen.”

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