Plan submitted to kick start Dutch hydrogen electrolyser industry


The consortium De Nederlandse Waterstof Delta (The Dutch Hydrogen Delta) has submitted a plan to three members of parliament (MPs) in the Netherlands to launch the electrolyser manufacturing industry.

The MPs contacted include Henri Bontenbal, Raoul Boucke, and Silvio Erkens.

The launching of the electrolyser manufacturing industry is anticipated to accelerate the hydrogen economy in the Netherlands.

The plan was designed by 12 consortium partners and some €80 million ($84.8 million) in funding has been applied for from the National Growth Fund in the Netherlands for its implementation.

The plan is anticipated to increase the Netherlands’ autonomy and is expected to enable the country to start making its own plants needed to produce green hydrogen.

“It will make the economy more sustainable and strengthen the earning power of the Netherlands,” the Port of Rotterdam said on the plan.

“It also ensures that the Netherlands will have its own resources to achieve its climate ambitions,” the port added.

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The Dutch Hydrogen Delta will supply 1 gigawatt of plants annually from 2026.

This allows it to supply half of all the plants the Netherlands needs to meet its interim climate targets by 2030, reported the port.

The plants operate on a Dutch hydrogen battery known as the Battolyser.

This technology, developed at TU Delft, can store electricity and produce green hydrogen from renewable electricity.

The system can produce hydrogen when there is plenty of wind and solar power available and supply electricity to the grid when there is a shortage of electricity due to low wind and solar power.

The Dutch Hydrogen Delta aims to achieve an annual production capacity of 1 gigawatt of Battolysers in the Merwe-Vierhaven area (M4H) by 2026.

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According to the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the manufacturing industry is the missing link in the Dutch hydrogen economy.

The growth fund subsidy application will also be used for research and scaling up suppliers for a broad-based manufacturing industry.

Investments will also be made in a Hydrogen Innovation Hub where companies, start-ups, scale-ups, investors, researchers and government can meet to share knowledge and establish partnerships, the port reported.

In February 2023, The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), and the Australian government teamed up to develop a joint hydrogen hub in Western Australia.

More recently, the Netherlands-based digital solutions provider, PortXchange Products B.V., announced the launch of PortXchange EmissionInsider, with the Port of Rotterdam as the launching customer.

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