The large-scale production and utilisation of blue hydrogen will allow local industry in Rotterdam to substantially reduce its CO2 emissions, well before 2030. This is one of the main conclusions of the feasibility study carried out by 16 companies and organisations, under the guidance of Deltalinqs, within the H-vision project.
The focus of the H-vision programme is on the production of hydrogen using natural gas and refinery fuel gas. The CO2 that is released during production will be captured and stored in depleted gas fields under the North Sea. The blue hydrogen obtained by these means can subsequently be used as a low-carbon energy carrier in industrial processes to generate high temperatures or to produce electricity.
As such, H-vision anticipates the arrival of green hydrogen, which is produced via electrolysis using power sourced from renewable sources like offshore wind farms. This variant of hydrogen generates zero CO2 in its production. The positive results of this study have provided Rotterdam with a new opportunity to develop itself into a major hub for the production, uptake and trading of hydrogen. This means that H-vision can become the seed of a new hydrogen economy in Rotterdam and significantly contribute to the achievement of climate objectives
Parties in this H-vision partnership are: Deltalinqs, TNO, Air Liquide, BP, EBN, Engie, Equinor, Gasunie, GasTerra, Linde, OCI N.V., the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Shell, TAQA, Uniper and Royal Vopak.
In the next phase Deltalinqs will inventorise interest of parties to take the next step, to work out more detailed proposals.