As part of a new agreement, the US and the Netherlands will collaborate on collecting, analysing and sharing information on hydrogen production and infrastructure technologies.
Today, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy’s Directorate General for Climate and Energy issued a statement of intent for the collaboration.
Through the effort, real-word data from hydrogen applications will be gathered to guide both organisations’ future hydrogen research and development demonstration activities.
“This partnership will help address key hydrogen R&D areas, pave the way for at-scale hydrogen demonstrations, and foster new national, regional and worldwide hydrogen value chains,” said EERE’s Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons.
“As EERE-supported hydrogen and fuel cell technologies continue to gather momentum, we, as well as DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions, are pleased to be spearheading this collaboration.”
The statement of intent will see EERE and DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) leverage expertise, equipment and facilities at DOE’s National Labs to validate the performance and durability of electrolysers.
An additional focus area will cover lessons learned and harmonisation of safety, codes and standards in emerging areas like hydrogen and natural gas blending.
“This new strategic cooperation between the US and the Netherlands on hydrogen will foster cooperation between Dutch and American practitioners in hydrogen research, industrial demonstrations to scale-up, regions and ports, innovative small and medium enterprises, and start-ups,” said Sandor Gaastra, Director General for Climate and Energy.
“Together with our excellent partners in the US and at DOE, our objectives are to boost necessary cost reductions for producers and consumers and to create first mover and job opportunities in new hydrogen value chains.”
“I foresee a growth model, starting now with a focus on aligning necessary innovations in offshore wind, electrolyser systems, and new industrial demand; in the future, other important sectors may be included in our mutually beneficial cooperation efforts.”
The US’ and Netherlands’ activities under this cooperation will be coordinated through existing global hydrogen partnerships in which both countries participate, including the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), the International Energy Agency, Mission Innovation, the Clean Energy Ministerial, and the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial.