Netherlands-based energy company VoltH2 has signed a cooperation agreement with North Sea Port, in order to build a green hydrogen plant in Vlissingen.
The company has started planning and developing the construction of a green hydrogen plant with storage, refueling and distribution facilities, covering an industrial plot of 27,950 m2 in Vlissingen.
VoltH2 envisages the construction of a 25 MW electrolysis unit using commercially available technology. The plant will produce up to 3.6 million kg (3,600 tonnes) of green hydrogen annually. The design of the green hydrogen plant will also allow for an expansion of up to 100 MW with a potential production of 14.4 million kg (14,400 tonnes) of green hydrogen per year.
By integrating hydrogen storage, supply can also reach local filling stations, thus contributing to increased sustainability for North Sea Port.
The site is accessible by road, rail and waterway for the supply and distribution of green hydrogen in the wider area or to the gas network. The investment for the first phase is at €35 million, subsequently rising to more than €100 million.
The idea of using available commercial green hydrogen is one of the keys to the global energy transition aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels and is rapidly becoming an economic reality. The COVID-19 crisis has increased the focus on a CO2-free economy now that we see how quickly nature responds positively to a slowdown in economic activity,
...says Andre Jurres, founder and CEO of the company.
The plan comes in line with the country's medium-term and long-term climate targets, including green hydrogen, to reduce its carbon footprint by 49% by 2030 and by 95% by 2050.
VoltH2's investment in a green hydrogen plant is in line with the energy transition that North Sea Port is working on with many partners. It also contributes to the port’s development as an Energy Port. The power station will also make it possible to further develop North Sea Port as a multimodal port, with transport of hydrogen by road, rail and water,
...added Daan Schalck, CEO North Sea Port.