The industry of the Netherlands produces around 800,000 tonnes of hydrogen every year as both a raw material and an energy source for the chemical sector. This currently releases another 7 million tonnes of CO2. Chemport Europe has major plans to change this quickly: more hydrogen production, but completely CO2-neutral, making hydrogen a sustainable driver of the green industry. What are the opportunities and challenges in the region?
This article about hydrogen is the second in a series of three articles about the power of the chemical sector in the Northern Netherlands. Also read the articles about green chemistry and innovative recycling.
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Hydrogen as a raw material and as an energy source
Why the choice for hydrogen? Simple. Here in the north, we want to transition to using natural gasses (e.g. for central heating). And that is possible. Because we have offshore wind farms with which we can generate green energy for the production of hydrogen and the possibilities and knowledge to make our gas infrastructure suitable for its transport. We have the possibilities for underground storage and companies that can make products from it. In short: we have the experience, resources and expertise, perhaps the most in the Netherlands.