Port of Amsterdam, Evos, Electriq Global, Hydrogenius and Hysilabs have joined forces under the initiative ‘H2Gate’ to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of importing and storing hydrogen on an industrial scale.
Conducted over the next six months, the investigation will see the parties working together on a blueprint for an import, storage, distribution and trading hub.
This would consist of facilities with a total throughput capacity of one million tonnes of hydrogen per year.
Each of the parties involved believe hydrogen is to play a significant role in the transition to a sustainable energy system.
They also perceive hydrogen to be key in meeting the European target of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.
Ramon Ernst, Managing Director at Evos Amsterdam, said, “This project fits perfectly with our ambition to develop infrastructure solutions for a carbon-free energy future.”
“The expertise of Evos lies in the storage and handling of large quantities of energy products and we would like to expand our portfolio with new clean forms.”
“We are pleased to be able to work with capable and motivated partners towards a shared vision.”
From a geographical perspective, the Amsterdam port area is well positioned to play an influential role in the transition.
The port has already been a leading international hub for the trade in energy products with already many initiatives underway in the region to develop a green hydrogen cluster including production facilities.
Eduard de Visser, Head of Strategy at Port of Amsterdam, supports this by stating, “As the Port of Amsterdam, we want to be at the forefront of the energy transition.”
“Our established position as a formidable, international energy hub means we have the infrastructure, the partners and the knowledge and experience to be a catalyst for new, sustainable energy products.”
The H2Gate project is an important step towards the realisation of an international supply chain for hydrogen on a commercial scale.
Depending on the availability of green hydrogen worldwide and the growth of demand in Europe, supply chains such as these are expected to scale up towards the end of this decade.