Neptune Energy welcomed the Netherlands Enterprise Agency’s (RVO) announcement that it will provide funding to the PosHYdon project, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen pilot on a functional platform.
The grant was made possible through the RVO’s Demonstration Energy and Climate Innovation (DEI+) scheme, which encourages financing submissions for investments in renewable energy projects, including hydrogen pilots.
PosHYdon, which will be housed on the Q13a-A platform run by Neptune Energy, intends to evaluate the integration of offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen in the Dutch North Sea. On the Q13a-A platform, a green hydrogen-producing plant will be installed. The plant will use electrolysis to turn seawater into demineralized water, which will then be combined with natural gas and brought to shore via an existing pipeline.
“We welcome the award of this subsidy and look forward to progressing with this exciting project on our Q13a-A platform. PosHYdon will provide the insights necessary to develop large scale green hydrogen production at sea. The Dutch North Sea sector has an exciting future as a ‘new energy hub’ and can play a leading role in large-scale green hydrogen production for north western Europe, given its infrastructure that connects offshore with onshore. The integration of energy systems supports net zero goals in a smart, efficient, and cost-effective manner and without disturbing existing sea ecosystems.
“The extensive infrastructure network is connected to international grids and can easily accommodate wind farms further out at sea by converting the production of green electricity into green hydrogen and transporting it to the grid onshore. PosHYdon will be the key to making this happen and we are excited to consider future opportunities that the pilot can help unlock.”Neptune Energy’s Managing Director for the Netherlands, Lex de Groot,
The new PosHYdon collaboration, comprised of Neptune Energy and partners with expertise in offshore wind, green power generation, and hydrogen mobility, was formed today.
Neptune Energy (operator and 50% ), EBN (40%) and TAQA Offshore are the platform’s partners (10 percent ).