Alliander – the Netherlands’ energy network operator has partnered up with the renewables group BayWa r.e along with its Dutch subordinate GroenLeven in order to create a pilot green hydrogen project, with a 50MWp solar farm power.
SinneWetterstof Hydrogen Pilot Project was launched by the companies back in 2020, but it is estimated to be available online by late 2021.
According to the project manager at GroenLeven Willem de Vries, the project will include ”valuable insights” as to how the electrolysers can store green energy, and how good the system can adjust to the irregular nature of a solar park’s power generation.
Additionally, a partnership with biogas station Orangegas has also been signed by BayWa r.e, that is expected to withdraw the green hydrogen from the project and transfer it all over its refueling stations in the Netherlands.
Manfred Groh – BayWa r.e’s corporate strategy head for energy, policy and sustainability explained how the project will allow renewable energy to grow its capacity and be installed all over Europe.
“The smart deployment of electrolysers can help reduce the need to invest in new grid connections or extensions,” Groh said.
“This will further enable the installation of more renewable plants in Europe. Economies of scale in solar and wind generation are crucial for lowest cost power supply for electrolysis.”
The European Union (EU) has promised to make green hydrogen an important feature in the objectives of the bloc’s decarbonization, with over 6GW of renewable hydrogen electrolysers which are expected to be installed by 2024 then increasing it to 40GW by the end of 2030.
The Green Hydrogen Summit that took place in May included many industry players who stated that data from hydrogen pilot projects needs to be available in order to help with the enabling of upcoming bankability of bigger installations.