GreenportNHN promotes hydrogen consumption in The Netherlands

GreenportNHN reached a provincial agreement in Haarlem to promote hydrogen consumption. This is particularly relevant to the usage of hydrogen in large vehicles such as trucks, mobile equipment, and agricultural vehicles. The agreement has been signed by over sixty parties in total.

The covenant aims to improve chain-wide coordination of hydrogen for heavy mobility. The government, vehicle manufacturers, hydrogen consumers, hydrogen filling station operators, and hydrogen producers are the cooperating parties. Heavy mobility also includes trucks used for agriculture.

This provincial agreement aims to promote the hydrogen industry. The utilization of hydrogen requires this since it is challenging to get started.

The fuel suppliers have agreed to develop a network of at least eight hydrogen filling stations for heavy vehicles in North Holland in order to give business owners who want to use hydrogen vehicles the assurance of adequate recharging facilities. On the other hand, the acquiring businesses state their aim to guarantee a sufficient demand for hydrogen at these filling stations by purchasing hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The use of hydrogen as a substitute for fossil fuels is not yet developed enough, but this is for reasons other than the chicken-and-egg conundrum. During the meeting preceding the signing, it became evident that safety laws, insurance, and permits also play a part. The broad and intricate problems that entrepreneurs face can only be resolved via cooperation between businesses and governments.

Greenport Noord-Holland Noord has already taken initiatives to encourage the use of hydrogen in the agriculture sector in advance of the convention being signed. For instance, we will shortly launch the Hydrogen Field Lab, where we will host cutting-edge hydrogen initiatives in the agriculture sector alongside the NHN Development Company and the New Energy Coalition Foundation. With the same partners and the KAVB, we investigated the potential uses for hydrogen in the agricultural sector as part of the Hydrogen for Agrologistics project.