January 10 (Renewables Now) - Dutch paints, coatings and specialty chemicals company Akzo Nobel NV (AMS:AKZA) and compatriot gas infrastructure outfit Gasunie New Energy plan a large-scale green hydrogen project in the north of the Netherlands.
The companies said they have teamed up to explore the development of a 20-MW water electrolysis unit that would convert wind and solar power into 3,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year, an amount sufficient to fuel 300 hydrogen buses. The project is said to be the largest green hydrogen installation in Europe. Currently, the largest electrolysis unit planned in the Netherlands has a scale of 1 MW, according to the companies. They say their partnership is a step towards scaling up the technology and add that the ultimate aim is the ability to build even larger installations that store sustainable energy in the form of hydrogen.
"We see ‘power to gas’ not only as a promising technology, but also as one that will be necessary to achieve a fully sustainable energy mix by 2050," said Ulco Vermeulen, member of Gasunie's executive board.
A final decision on the project, intended for Delfzijl, is expected in 2019.
Marcel Galjee, energy director at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, said that most of the more than 800,000 tonnes of hydrogen used by Dutch industry a year is produced using natural gas and added that replacing it by sustainable hydrogen will reduce CO2 emissions by seven million tonnes.