Port of Oostende, DEME and PMV are planning to develop a green hydrogen plant that would use energy from offshore wind
Their goal is to have a plant operational in the port area of Ostend by 2025. The green hydrogen produced at the HYPORT plant will serve as an energy source for a range of purposes.
“By the end of 2020, 399 wind turbines will be operational off the coast of Belgium,” the project partners said, “with an installed capacity of 2.26 GW.
“Belgium’s new marine spatial plan includes space for several hundred more wind turbines, which will generate around 1.75 GW. That makes a total green energy generating capacity of around 4 GW, supplying half of Belgian households with electricity. However, the wind turbines’ production peaks rarely coincide with consumer demand peaks, so there is an opportunity to compensate for this by producing green hydrogen.”
In the first phase of the project the feasibility of a green hydrogen plant will be further investigated and a development plan worked out. The next phase will see a demonstration project developed using what the project partners described as “an innovative electrolyser of around 50 MW.”
By 2022, the partners in the HYPORT project plan to roll-out a large-scale shore-based power project. The green hydrogen plan will be completed in 2025, in line with new offshore wind concessions that are due to be let.
Port of Oostende has allocated an area known as Plassendale 1 to the project and others like it. PMV has experience of financing the development, construction and operation of energy projects and said it sees “great potential” for green hydrogen in the long term. DEME is a well-known player in the development of offshore energy projects.
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