Netherlands-based energy company VoltH2 has signed a cooperation agreement with North Sea Port, in order to build a green hydrogen plant in Vlissingen. The plant will produce up to 3.6 million kg (3,600 tonnes) of green hydrogen annually.
Port of Rotterdam along with DeltaPort Niederrheinhäfen and E.ON join their forces to encourage island shipping in Germany and Europe to turn from diesel to battery or hydrogen. In fact, both sides decided to develop a new infrastructure in which vessels can exchange battery containers or refuel hydrogen.
Although hydrogen has a leading role in the field of energy transition, its development proceeds with a low speed. This current situation motivated the Port of Rotterdam and a broad coalition from Greenpeace, to call the government to enhance hydrogen investments.
Port of Antwerp has ordered construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This ‘Hydrotug’ is driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. The motors also comply with the very strictest standard, the EU Stage V.
The joint initiative ‘Hydroports’ will develop a hydrogen cluster, located in the north-west of the Netherlands, that will focus on energy transition and boost the role of green hydrogen in the shipping industry. Specifically, ‘Hydroports’ consists of the Port of Rotterdam, Den Helder and Groningen.
Construction has begun on liquefaction facilities linked to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project at Port Hastings in Victoria, which will look at the feasibility of turning brown coal from the Latrobe Valley into hydrogen, which would then be liquefied and exported to Japan. The project has the potential to create $2 billion in exports for Australia.
Port of Amsterdam has become a partner in the European project H2Ships. This Interreg North-West Europe project focuses on establishing the essential conditions for a successful market introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for shipping. The project will receive approximately €3.5 million in grants from the Interreg North-West Europe Program (2019-2022).
BP, Nouryon, and the Port of Rotterdam are collaborating to see whether there are ways of making ‘green hydrogen’ through water electrolysis for BP’s refinery, located in the Port of Rotterdam. The parties signed an MoU to study the feasibility of a 250-megawatt water electrolysis facility to produce up to 45,000 tonnes of green hydrogen yearly using renewable energy. It would be the largest of its kind in Europe.
As the European elections take place in May 2019, the Port of Rotterdam sets out its priorities for the coming years in the field of decarbonization. The Port of Rotterdam highlights that a system change is necessary to enable the energy transition, both in Rotterdam and in the rest of Europe. Namely the Port of Rotterdam will focus on energy transition, biobased and circular economy, Carbon Capture and Storage, dydrogen and renewables, and decarbonisation of transport.
The Port of Antwerp plans to launch a hydrogen bunkering station during 2019, its CEO Jacques Vandermeiren informed during a recent forum. This development comes as the Port aspires to become multi-fuel, bringing several alternative fuels for the shipping industry, such as LNG and methanol. The Port of Antwerp is now working on the logistics of the project, while a timeline cannot be confirmed yet.
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