Shell and Dutch renewable energy company Eneco’s plans to create a green hydrogen hub in the port of Rotterdam powered by wind energy have taken a step forward.
Under a consortium called CrossWind, the two companies won the tender to build and operate a third unsubsidised wind farm in the Dutch North Sea, in the Hollandse Kust (noord) Wind Farm Zone (HKNWFZ).
Shell is aiming to produce green hydrogen on the Tweede Maasvlakte using green electricity from wind power, which will come from the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind farm.
Announcing the news yesterday, the CrossWind consortium said the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2023 with an installed capacity of 759MW, generating at least 3.3TWh per year – enough renewable power to supply more than one million Dutch households with green electricity.
Maarten Wetselaar, Director of Shell Integrated Gas and New Energies, said, “This wind farm is a crucial part of a new value chain – from wind to hydrogen – with our ambition to build a green hydrogen plant in Rotterdam and with NortH2.”
The NortH2 project plans to construct wind farms in the North Sea with a capacity of around 3 to 4GW of wind energy for hydrogen production before 2030, possibly growing to 10GW around 2040.
A hydrogen plant, a large electrolyser, is planned to be constructed in Eemshaven, where wind energy will be converted into green hydrogen.