Set to go live in 2025, Shell Nederland BV and Shell Overseas Investments BV, both subsidiaries of UK-based Shell plc, have taken the final investment decision to build Holland Hydrogen I. Once completed, this site become the continent’s largest renewable hydrogen plant, producing up to 60,000 kilograms of green hydrogen every day using a 200MW electrolyser that will be constructed on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam
This plant is a significant step in helping the EU end its reliance on Russian gas exports, as hydrogen has been tipped to be a replacement for natural gas.
But while the technology has been tipped to become a low-carbon alternative, most hydrogen (blue and grey hydrogen) is still produced from fossil fuels.
Green hydrogen, which is completely carbon-free, is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable electricity as opposed to using fossil fuels for the process.
The renewable energy required for the electrolyser will come from the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord), which Shell partly owns.
According to a statement by Shell, the renewable hydrogen produced will be used to supply the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, by way of the HyTransPort pipeline.
Here, the green hydrogen will replace some of the grey hydrogen usage in the refinery, and thus reduce their industrial use of fossil fuels.
Doing so would partially decarbonise the facility’s production of energy products like petrol and diesel and jet fuel.
Anna Mascolo, Executive Vice President, Emerging Energy Solutions at Shell said: “Holland Hydrogen I demonstrates how new energy solutions can work together to meet society’s need for cleaner energy.
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