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Shell to begin construction of Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant

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Shell Nederland B.V. and Shell Overseas Investments B.V., subsidiaries of Shell plc, have made the final investment decision to construct Holland Hydrogen I, which, once operational in 2025, will be Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant.

The 200MW electrolyzer will be built on the Tweede Maasvlakte near Rotterdam’s harbor and will generate up to 60,000 kg of renewable hydrogen per day.

The offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord), which is partially owned by Shell, will supply the electrolyzer with renewable energy.

The renewable hydrogen produced will be transported via the HyTransPort pipeline to the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, where it will replace a portion of the grey hydrogen used in the refinery. This will contribute to the partial decarbonization of the facility’s production of energy products such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. As heavy-duty trucks enter the market and refueling networks expand, renewable hydrogen can be directed toward these vehicles to help decarbonize commercial road transportation.

“Holland Hydrogen I demonstrates how new energy solutions can work together to meet society’s need for cleaner energy. It is also another example of Shell’s own efforts and commitment to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050,” said Anna Mascolo, Executive Vice President, Emerging Energy Solutions at Shell. “Renewable hydrogen will play a pivotal role in the energy system of the future and this project is an important step in helping hydrogen fulfil that potential.”

Shell aspires to contribute to the development of a worldwide hydrogen economy by creating opportunities in the production, storage, transportation, and distribution of hydrogen to end users. The approval of Holland Hydrogen I represents a significant milestone not only for the Netherlands, a leader in the hydrogen economy, but also for Shell globally.

Nedim Husomanovic

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