One million euros will be invested in experiments on the applications and production of green hydrogen at the EnTranCe energy testing grounds in Groningen.
Translation by Thomas Ansell
The so-called Hydrogen Booster will provide space for innovation and research projects by small and medium-sized enterprises The energieproeftuin(energy testing centre) investment has come from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen to further support to the northern Dutch hydrogen sector. The Hydro Hub will investigate how green hydrogen can be produced as cheaply as possible.
Green hydrogen is produced by separating water into hydrogen and oxygen by means of electrolysis- a process that is supplied with electricity by ‘green’ sources- such as solar panels or wind farms. When hydrogen is used to drive a motor, the only waste product is clean water.
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the driving force behind the Hydrogen Booster is Hydrogreenn, a northern cluster platform of companies, knowledge institutions, and local governments that want to promote the hydrogen economy in the region. Hydrogreenn is also behind plans for 80 new homes heated by hydrogen in Hoogeveen.
The northern Netherlands has become something of a hub for hydrogen and its associated uses. In Hoogezand, Holthausen is a leading supplier of hydrogen-powered transportation, from cars to rubbish trucks. Resato in Assen is a producer of filling stations for a hydrogen infrastructure, whilst Bakaert (also in Assen) has created a hydrogen burner for home heating.