Shell Nederland BV and Shell Overseas Investments BV, subsidiaries of Shell plc (NYSE: SHELL), will build Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant, Holland Hydrogen I, in the Netherlands. Commissioning is scheduled for 2025. The company announced this in a press release.
The 200 MW electrolyser will be built at Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam and will produce up to 60 tons of renewable hydrogen per day.
Renewable energy for the cell will come from the Hollandse Kust (north) offshore wind farm, which is partly owned by Shell.
The renewable hydrogen produced will be delivered to Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam via the HyTransPort pipeline, where it will replace some of the gray hydrogen used at the refinery. This will partially decarbonize the production of energy products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, the company notes.
“Renewable hydrogen will play a key role in the energy system of the future, and this project is an important step in realizing the potential of hydrogen ,” said Anna Mascolo, executive vice president of new energy solutions at Shell.
“British-Dutch Corporation Shell announced that it was starting projects for the production of “green hydrogen” (that is, hydrogen generated by electrolysis from water) back in 2020, when it planned to build a plant for the production of “green hydrogen” in the Netherlands together with the largest gas corporation of the Netherlands Gasunie. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the joint project was postponed indefinitely, and now Shell intends to implement this project independently through its Dutch subsidiaries. Recall that recently Shell’s largest competitor in Europe, BP Corporation, announced its entry into the Australian project for the production of “green hydrogen, ” Natalya Milchakova, a leading analyst at Freedom Finance, comments.