Europe’s largest hydrogen plant planned for Port of Amsterdam
HyCC and the Port of Amsterdam are collaborating on plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen plant. A big step towards a carbon-free future.
If HyCC has its way, the Amsterdam Area will be home to Europe’s largest green hydrogen factory within a few years. In collaboration with the Port of Amsterdam, HyCC – the Hydrogen Chemistry Company, a joint venture of the European electro-chemical company Nobian and Macquarie's Green Investment Group – hopes to construct a green hydrogen plant with a capacity of 500-megawatts in the port area. Known as H2era, the project would be a significant step in the development of a regional hydrogen economy.
Building a sustainable hydrogen economy
Green hydrogen is a crucial alternative to fossil fuels in the drive to reduce carbon emissions from industries and the transport sector. HyCC and the Port of Amsterdam have completed an initial feasibility study for the H2era project and planning will be developed further in the coming months, including scouting potential locations in the port area. The new plant will produce green hydrogen and oxygen from renewable electricity and water. Managing director of HyCC, Marcel Galjee, says: “With the H2era project, we can produce an important part of the hydrogen locally and lay the foundation for a sustainable hydrogen economy in the Amsterdam region.” HyCC hopes to have the facility ready to start operations in 2027.
Eyeing the global market for green hydrogen
The Netherlands aims to position itself as a major player in the global market for green hydrogen and the Dutch government has made €750 million available for the development of a transport network for sustainably produced hydrogen. Shell has announced plans for a 200-megawatt hydrogen factory in Rotterdam and the Amsterdam Area’s regional energy strategy also includes the widespread use of green hydrogen. HyCC is already working with the Port of Amsterdam and Tata Steel on the development of a 100-megawatt hydrogen factory at the Tata Steel location in IJmuiden. The Port of Amsterdam is part of the H2A consortium, which brings together partners from the hydrogen industry in Germany, France and Israel and recently stepped up its cooperation with duisport to establish an international supply chain for hydrogen on a commercial scale.