Neptune Energy has welcomed an announcement by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) that it is to award a subsidy to the PosHYdon project, which will see a green hydrogen production facility installed on a working offshore platform
The subsidy is to be awarded under the RVO’s Demonstration Energy and climate Innovation (DEI+) scheme, which funds applications for investment in renewable energy, including hydrogen.
PosHYdon, which will be hosted on the Neptune Energy-operated Q13a-A platform, aims to validate the integration of offshore wind, offshore gas and offshore hydrogen in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. It will see the installation of a green hydrogen facility on the Q13a-A platform. The plant will convert seawater into demineralised water, then into green hydrogen via electrolysis. The hydrogen will be blended with natural gas and transported to shore via an existing pipeline.
Neptune Energy managing director the Netherlands Lex de Groot said, “We welcome the award of this subsidy and look forward to progressing with this exciting project. PosHYdon will provide the insights necessary to develop large-scale green hydrogen production at sea.
“The Dutch North Sea sector has an exciting future as a ‘new energy hub’ and can play a leading role in large-scale green hydrogen production for north-western Europe, given its infrastructure that connects offshore with onshore. The integration of energy systems supports net-zero goals in a smart, efficient, and cost-effective manner and without disturbing existing sea ecosystems.
“Existing infrastructure connected to international grids can easily accommodate windfarms further out at sea by converting green electricity into green hydrogen and transporting it to the grid onshore. PosHYdon will be the key to making this happen and we are excited to consider future opportunities that the pilot can help unlock.”
Neptune said a new PosHYdon consortium has also recently been formed, comprising Neptune Energy and partners with expertise in offshore wind, green electricity generation and hydrogen transportation. In addition to Neptune Energy, the partners include EBN BV (40%) and TAQA Offshore (10%).
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