The Netherlands’ approach to green hydrogen attracts investment


The Netherlands – The Netherlands is quickly developing into a leader in the field of renewable energy, notably in relation to green hydrogen.

The nation has set lofty goals to hasten the energy transition and replace the oil and gas-dependent 80% of its energy use. The Netherlands is well-positioned to make significant strides in hydrogen, accelerating the shift to a more sustainable, carbon-neutral future, thanks to its encouraging government policies, creative businesses, and robust infrastructure.

The World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam, which runs from May 9–11, 2023, will put the nation’s competence in green hydrogen on full show. Government representatives, business executives, and specialists from all over the world will congregate at this international conference to talk about the most recent advancements and potential future growth areas in the hydrogen industry. The conference offers the Netherlands the chance to demonstrate its industry leadership while also learning from other nations about their experiences and best practices in the quickly developing field of green hydrogen.

Hydrogen’s possibilities

The Netherlands’ specialized industrial clusters, including the Port of Rotterdam, one of the continent’s largest ports, are exploring the hydrogen’s possibilities. A group of companies led by Shell, RWE, Groningen Seaports, Equinor, and Gasunie is creating Europe’s largest green hydrogen project at the port, merging all elements of the supply chain to achieve large-scale supply of green hydrogen. The port is already the site of many large-scale green hydrogen projects.

A number of specialist research facilities are also located in the Netherlands, including one of Europe’s largest hydrogen research facilities, the Faraday open innovation laboratory in Petten, which is a component of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). The goal of the lab is to develop existing electrolysis technologies through optimization and scaling up.

The ambitious plans the Dutch government has made to start up commercial-scale production and broad use of green hydrogen are impressive. The National Hydrogen Program promotes the use of hydrogen in a variety of industries, and by 2031, a “National Hydrogen Network” will be built thanks to government funding.


Government regulations that are supportive of the industry, along with the nation’s creative firms, have drawn an increasing number of companies eager to make investments in the nation’s green hydrogen industry. The Pennsylvania-based hydrogen manufacturer Air Products recently created a project delivery office in The Hague, the Netherlands, covering EMEA. Additionally, the Netherlands’ SeaH2Land project by Orsted, a global leader in offshore wind energy, aims to build the biggest renewable hydrogen plant in the world.

Despite the advances, the development of green hydrogen may still face obstacles like high production costs, a lack of infrastructure, and regulatory restrictions. However, the Netherlands has positioned itself as a major hub for green hydrogen, and its robust ecosystem of business, government, and academia is working to overcome these obstacles in order to accelerate the energy transition.

In conclusion, the Netherlands is a leader in the industry thanks to its creative approach to creating and applying green hydrogen technology. The nation has attracted investment and expertise from all over the world because to its friendly government policies, innovative businesses, and robust infrastructure. The World Hydrogen Summit offers the Netherlands a stage to demonstrate its expertise in the area and gain knowledge from the experiences and best practices of other nations, eventually accelerating the transition to a more sustainable, carbon-neutral future.