The Northern Netherlands is uniquely positioned to develop a green hydrogen economy because:
The Paris Agreement has made the realization of a fully sustainable energy system inevitable. In the Northern Netherlands, the need for this change is even more pronounced because of the earthquakes due to natural gas extraction operations.
The Slochteren gas field has contributed to a strong gas industry being located in the Northern Netherlands. This industry could switch to hydrogen with relative ease as the required knowledge, infrastructure and industrial activities for both gasses are fairly comparable.
There is a large future supply of electricity from Norwegian hydropower, Danish wind and Dutch and German offshore wind, whereas the electricity transport grid already has limited inland capacity today.
Chemical and agricultural companies present in the Northern Netherlands could profit from a green hydrogen supply in combination with a green syngas (synthesis gas) and green carbon dioxide supply.
Rapid development of electric transportation with batteries and hydrogen fuel cells in Europe is creating extra demand for green hydrogen, especially in neighboring Germany.
Ameland solar farm