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Large scale #Hydrogen production in South Australia and the Netherlands.
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South Australia and the Netherlands are working on large-scale hydrogen production

South Australia is already the proud owner of the largest li-ion storage battery in the world and the largest virtual power plant in the world. Now there may well be a flagship: various electrolysis installations, with a capacity of 50 megawatts, for hydrogen production.

Developer Neoen received $ 1 mln from the Renewable Technology Fund of the state, to start a feasibility study on the 'super hub'. The electrolysis units must be erected at the city of Adelaide, where a solar and wind farm of 300 megawatts is planned. Hydrogen

The plan for the hydrogen super hub is part of a state government roadmap to further develop and scale up technologies in the field of hydrogen. Tom Koutsantonis, Minister of Energy of the Australian state, explains to ABC: "Our roadmap for hydrogen lays the foundation for South Australia to become world leader in the field of hydrogen production."

Electrolysis Electrolysis is the underlying process of Power-to-Gas. This technology splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, using (sustainable) electricity. Hydrogen is an emission-free fuel that can be used for various purposes, such as heavy transport.

By: Hidde Middelweerd

Large-scale hydrogen production in the Netherlands
White, green graphic #Hydrogen production and usage
In 2030, hydrogen will be ready for a large-scale introduction in many sectors in the Netherlands. The focus on hydrogen is not limited to mobility and transport applications, but focuses on the entire energy and raw materials supply.

That is the conclusion of the Hydrogen Roadmap. Ulco Vermeulen, chairman of the TKI New Gas of the Top Sector Energy, presented the report this week to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The Roadmap describes where and how sustainable hydrogen can be used in the Dutch energy and raw materials system.

Gray, blue and green hydrogen

The ultimate objective is to produce sustainable hydrogen, for example by means of electricity from solar and wind energy. Electricity is necessary to split water into hydrogen and oxygen via electrolysis. To give the use of hydrogen a boost first, gray and blue hydrogen are also accepted. Natural gas is the basis for gray hydrogen. When the resulting CO2 is subsequently captured and stored in empty gas fields, for example, blue, climate-neutral hydrogen is used. The possibilities for the use of hydrogen gas are endless according to the Roadmap. For example, it is an alternative for diesel in trucks, for natural gas in the built environment and for trains and ships where battery-electric solutions are not yet sufficient. The current gas infrastructure can be used for the transport of hydrogen.

Leading position in the Netherlands

The Netherlands currently has over 100 hydrogen initiatives and that number is growing. Investments are now necessary in the form of pilots and demonstration projects to gain experience and knowledge. The sectors industry and mobility are currently the most promising markets for this. The Netherlands has a strong industrial position, excellent infrastructure and enough knowledge to develop strongly. When this plan is properly addressed, the Netherlands can become the leader in Europe in the field of hydrogen.

By: Britt van den Elshou.t Cover photo: Adobe Stock