Goeree-Overflakkee takes the next step with hydrogen
Since the end of 2017, over 30 Dutch and International parties that consider hydrogen an important fuel for the future have jointly worked on the development of hydrogen projects on Goeree-Overflakkee. Participants in this programme presented the follow-up strategy to Regional Minister Tea Both of the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee and Provincial Executive Berend Potjer of the Province of Zuid-Holland during a partners’ day on 7 November.
With its wind parks and solar panel fields, Goeree-Overflakkee produces more green energy than it uses itself. By converting the surplus in green energy into hydrogen, new possibilities to supply energy arise. A great advantage of hydrogen is that it is always available, for instance, during the winter when the solar panel fields yield little electricity. This buffer function, but the possibility of using the existing gas networks as well, make hydrogen a very strong contender to replace natural gas in the urban area.
The follow-up strategy targets setting the production as well as the sale of hydrogen, combined with electricity, in motion. Various independent projects are named in the strategy, among which the realisation of a filling point at hydrogen fuel station Greenpoint in Oude-Tonge. The other projects target the heating of the urban area (Stad aan 't Haringvliet) and making the shipping and agriculture more sustainable. Education is receiving attention as well. Goeree-Overflakkee could play an important role in the training of hydrogen engineers who will be badly needed during the coming years.
Chris Hellinga (TU Delft), the author of the strategy, states: “We see a lot of enthusiasm among these parties regarding the testing ground that Goeree-Overflakkee aims to be with the assistance of the various entrepreneurs. This will net a lot of important knowledge and experience, which is vital to be able to use hydrogen properly. However, without the support of national and European governments and stakeholders, this testing ground will not be possible”.
The developments in Goeree-Overflakkee are important to the entire country's energy transition. Just as with all pioneering innovations, a lot of financial, legal, social and technical hurdles must be taken. That is why the H2GO participants call on other authorities to support this innovative testing ground with supporting policies, means and legislation.
The follow-up strategy was presented during the partners’ day H2GO. Regional Minister Tea Both-Verhoeven and Provincial Executive Berend Potjer received the strategy.
Regional Minister Tea Both-Verhoeven considers it very valuable that so many different parties are working to create a hydrogen economy: entrepreneurs, educators, authorities and residents. “I hope and expect that this will give effect to our ambition to make the application of hydrogen increasingly more concrete during the coming years. As far as I am concerned, the presented follow-up strategy is guiding in this.”
Berend Potjer, in his capacity of Provincial Executive Energy is proud of Energy Island Goeree-Overflakkee: “An island that collects energy from the sun and wind and intends to create hydrogen from that. You can spend a lot of time speaking about hydrogen, but over here on Goeree-Overflakkee, they simply get to work. With that, we can test how it works in practice and develop the much-needed knowledge that way. Knowledge of value to the region, the province, the entire country and even further afield.”