The Ports of Amsterdam and Cork have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ireland’s first green hydrogen company, EIH2, to establish a net-zero supply chain.
Under the agreement, parties will explore the establishment of a supply chain for green hydrogen between Ireland and Europe via the port of Amsterdam, reflecting Europe’s goal to become the first Net Zero continent.
According to their joint statement, this partnership will enable Ireland to maximise its use of offshore wind as a source of energy, by providing an alternative route to market for such renewable electricity.
“Our goal at EIH2 is to help both Ireland and Europe achieve their ambitious energy targets,” said Pearse Flynn, EIH2’s founder.
“This partnership is the beginning of a supply chain for green hydrogen from Ireland where there is a lot of wind but not a lot of hydrogen demand to Europe where the situation is reversed.”
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The signing of the MoU forms part of a major offshore wind mission organised by the Netherlands Embassy in Ireland from 11 to 14 September in Cork.
“At the Port of Cork Company, we see significant opportunities for Cork Harbour to become a hub for renewable energy, which will benefit the environment, local businesses and create employment in the region,” added Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of Cork Company.
“We hope to utilise our facilities at this strategic location, working together with like-minded partners to support the development of renewable energy opportunities.”
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“Port of Amsterdam is very pleased with the signing of this MoU with such valuable partners,” said Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Director Business Development Cargo of Port of Amsterdam.
“It underlines both the strong ties between Ireland and our port and the increasing importance of green hydrogen.
“For Port of Amsterdam, priorities are to make green hydrogen available to the large industrial clusters in the greater Amsterdam area, as well as to serve as a gateway to the European hinterland, including regions with high potential demand in Germany.”
In June, the Ports of Amsterdam and Duisburg (duisport) signed a MoU to expand their cooperation and jointly develop a hydrogen value chain and hinterland network.
Under the agreement, the ports will explore the potential of several hydrogen carrier technologies, with the aim of establishing an international supply chain for hydrogen on a commercial scale.