Eneco has joined as a partner in Neptune Energy’s PosHYdon hydrogen project, the company has announced.
The Dutch energy company will supply simulated wind data from its offshore wind farm, Luchterduinen, to support the project, which is aiming to demonstrate the integration of offshore wind, offshore gas and hydrogen.
The project will be the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project. “We are very pleased to welcome Eneco onboard as a partner,” said Lex de Groot, Managing Director of Neptune Energy. “Their participation will provide realistic data for the pilot, which in turn delivers better insights for the next stages of the project.”
The data will be used to accurately model the use of electricity generated by the windfarm to power the electrolysis process on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform, using sea water. The sea water will be demineralised on the platform in order to produce hydrogen.
“The goal is to obtain valuable lessons for successfully integrating offshore energy systems to support the acceleration of the energy transition, and the Dutch North Sea is ideally suited for this,” added de Groot. “The ability to convert energy from windfarms to hydrogen, then transport it via the existing gas infrastructure offers major advantages, particularly for those windfarms located much further offshore.”
Ruben Dijkstra, Director Offshore Wind for Eneco added: “Hydrogen is important for achieving the climate objectives to support sectors such as industry, the built environment and transport in their sustainability. With the possibilities of offshore wind and the enormous potential that the North Sea still offers, hydrogen production in the North Sea is an important element in the energy transition.”
PosHYdon is an initiative of Nexstep, the Dutch association for decommissioning and reuse, and TNO, the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research, in close collaboration with the industry.
Eneco is the latest partner to join the pilot, following Neptune’s announcement in April regarding Gasunie, Noordgastransport BV and NOGAT BV.