The Netherlands’ transition to a hydrogen economy is expected to be accelerated by the establishment of the electrolyzer industrial sector.
Twelve consortium members created the strategy, and the Netherlands’ National Growth Fund has been requested for funding in the amount of €80 million ($84.8 million) to put it into action.
The strategy is expected to provide the Netherlands with more autonomy and allow it to begin building the green hydrogen production facilities that it needs.
According to the Port of Rotterdam, the initiative will increase economic stability and boost the Netherlands’ purchasing power.
The port continued, “It also guarantees that the Netherlands will have its own resources to meet its climate aspirations.
Starting in 2026, the Netherlands Hydrogen Delta will provide 1 gigawatt of plants annually.
According to the port, this enables it to deliver half of all the plants required for the Netherlands to satisfy its short-term climate goals by 2030.
The Battolyser, a Netherlands hydrogen battery, powers the plants.
By using renewable electricity, this TU Delft-developed system can store electricity and create green hydrogen.
When there is an abundance of wind and solar energy, the system can manufacture hydrogen, and when there is a lack of wind and solar energy, it can feed the grid with electricity.
By 2026, the Netherlands Hydrogen Delta hopes to have installed 1 gigawatt worth of Battolysers in the Merwe-Vierhaven region (M4H).
The industrial sector, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is the weak link in the Dutch hydrogen economy.
A broad-based manufacturing industry will conduct research and scale up suppliers using the growth fund subsidy application.
The port said that investments will also be made in a hydrogen innovation hub where businesses, scale-ups, investors, researchers, and the government may come together to exchange expertise and form collaborations.