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In the wind energy area north of the Wadden Islands, the Netherlands is planning the first large-scale hydrogen production at sea. The wind farm will account for around 500 megawatts of electrolysis capacity and should be operational around 2031. It would become the world's largest hydrogen production facility at sea.
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The area was chosen because a wind farm was already planned here for electricity production, an existing natural gas pipeline could possibly be reused for transport to land ánd the farm could be well connected to the onshore hydrogen network.

“With this plan, we are leading the way worldwide,” says Dutch Minister Rob Jetten (Climate). “It is also a big step on top of the Climate Accord target of 4GW electrolysis by 2030.”

The area has already been designated as a preferred location so that preparations can start quickly and the sector has the clarity it needs to start making investment plans. In the Groningen region, there is a lot of drag on the arrival of this project.

As a stepping stone to the project, work is also underway on a smaller pilot with an electrolysis capacity of around 50-100MW.

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