Dutch government sets aside €250M for small-scale hydrogen innovation
Amsterdam-based businesses pioneering sustainability are celebrating a massive win as the Dutch government allocates €250 million for small-scale hydrogen projects. This is a vital step in the Netherlands' transition from fossil fuels, promoting green hydrogen made from renewable sources. It empowers businesses, fosters expertise, and accelerates the green energy shift.
Dutch government powers green hydrogen revolution
€250 million has been available by the Dutch government that will be focused on the development of small-scale hydrogen projects, each will have the capacity of 50 megawatts. The registration begins in November, with announcements about chosen projects to happen in early 2024.
Hydrogen is seen as a crucial component to green energy transition. Unlike blue and grey hydrogen, green hydrogen can be made with renewable sources such as wind and solar power. This subsidy from the Dutch government will encourage the development and deployment for green hydrogen, which in turn will help the Netherlands reduce its carbon emissions.
With investments made into smaller hydrogen projects, this will give a chance to an array of businesses to become accustomed and gain a better understanding of hydrogen production. Minister Jetten of Climate and Energy comments: “I am very happy that we can now also support smaller hydrogen projects. This should give a significant boost to the knowledge and experience with hydrogen production in the Netherlands.” Registration for these projects will open in November, with one of the agreements of the subsidy being that the project must be completed within 4 years.
Amsterdam laying the groundwork for hydrogen innovation
Amsterdam has already been key in paving the way for green hydrogen solutions in the Netherlands — with Europe’s largest hydrogen plant, the H2era project, being based at the Port of Amsterdam. With its multimodal connectivity to the rest of Europe, as well as its state of the art infrastructure, the Port of Amsterdam is becoming an example of what transitioning to green energy should look like for urban environments.
It’s not only the Port of Amsterdam that is playing a key role when it comes to green hydrogen solution but also the H2A association which advocates for visionary and sustainable hydrogen solutions and connects like minded businesses together, which many of the projects who are applying for this subsidy will be able to take advantage of. Stay tuned to find out which projects will have been granted the subsidy in early 2024.
Find out more about Amsterdam’s focus on clean energy here.