EBN gets Dutch state into offshore green hydrogen pilot PosHYdon


The Netherlands – The Dutch state is taking part in the PosHYdon project, facilitated through Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN).

This initiative aims to produce green hydrogen on an operational gas platform, marking integration of three offshore energy systems. The significance of PosHYdon extends beyond national borders, as it paves the way for large-scale green hydrogen production at sea, driving the energy transition in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe.

As a 40% partner in the Q13a-A platform, where the pilot will be conducted, EBN’s active participation in the consortium is driven by the need to safeguard public interest. PosHYdon is not merely an experimental venture; it signifies the imminent development of the North Sea as a pivotal player in the energy transition. Electrolysis at sea, a key component of PosHYdon, is anticipated to play a crucial role in the large-scale deployment of sustainable energy solutions.

PosHYdon integrates offshore energy systems

PosHYdon stands as a unique project, integrating three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen. Located on Neptune Energy’s Q13a-A platform, the first fully green electrified platform in the Dutch North Sea, the project is approximately 13 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen.

One distinctive aspect of PosHYdon is the blending of green hydrogen with gas, transported to the coast through existing gas pipelines. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has adjusted blending specifications, further supporting the project’s innovative approach. The 1 MW electrolyser, following the wind profile of the Luchterduinen wind farm, adds a technological dimension to the project.

PosHYdon is advancing swiftly, with a planned test on land at InVesta, Alkmaar, in May 2024. The live implementation at sea is scheduled for the second half of 2024. The consortium boasts a formidable lineup of partners, including Nel Hydrogen, InVesta, Neptune Energy, Gasunie, Eneco, and more.

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