The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has awarded a subsidy of EUR 3.6 million to the PosHYdon offshore green hydrogen pilot project, allowing for the start of activities to bring the project to life.
The remaining budget necessary to realise the project will be funded by the consortium behind the pilot. According to earlier information from the consortium, PosHYdon is expected to begin production later this year.
The project, which will integrate offshore wind, offshore gas and hydrogen production, is the world’s first offshore green hydrogen pilot on a working platform, according to the project consortium.
PosHYdon seeks to validate the integration of the three energy systems in the Dutch North Sea and will involve the installation of hydrogen-producing plant on the Neptune Energy-operated Q13a-A platform, located approximately 13 kilometres off the coast of Scheveningen (The Hague).
Electricity generated by offshore wind turbines will be used to power the hydrogen plant on the platform, converting seawater into demineralized water, then into hydrogen via electrolysis.
The green hydrogen will be mixed with the gas and transported via the existing gas pipeline to the coast.
The 1 MW offshore electrolyser, to be delivered by Norwegian company NEL Hydrogen, will produce a maximum of 400 kilograms of green hydrogen per day.