Through their joint venture CrossWind, Shell and Eneco are participating in the tender for this wind farm. Both companies have issued guarantees to CrossWind for investments in the construction and operation of Hollandse Kust (noord). This will have a capacity of 3.3 TWh per year, sufficient to supply more than 1 million Dutch households with green electricity. It will be located approximately 18.5 kilometres off the Dutch coast near the town of Egmond aan Zee.
Green hydrogen can play an important role in the decarbonisation of industry, which currently uses large volumes of grey hydrogen. Replacing this hydrogen produced from natural gas with green hydrogen contributes to the decarbonisation of the energy system. A second important use of the hydrogen will be in heavy duty transport, where due to the heavy weight of batteries the application of batteries for electric propulsion is limited.
The final investment decision for the hydrogen plant has not been taken yet, but when the plan is realised, Shell will produce about 50,000 – 60,000 kg of hydrogen per day by 2023. The green hydrogen produced will initially be used at the Shell refinery in Pernis to partially decarbonise the production of fossil fuels. This saves a minimum of 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. It is important that as of 2023 there is enough green hydrogen available, which can be used to decarbonise trucks in the transport sector directly. This way, approximately 2,300 hydrogen trucks per day could run on this volume of green hydrogen as the market for trucks on hydrogen further develops.
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