Wagenborgen will be the first place in the Netherlands to have hydrogen heated houses
A trial is starting next week that will look into heating houses with green hydrogen, currently the most sustainable source of energy. 32 homes will be heated with hydrogen from the end of next year in Waterstofwijk Wagenborgen, in northeast Groningen, reports the GIC.
The hydrogen gas is supplied by Clean Energy, a private company that is part of the Holthausen Group based in Hoogezand. “This makes us the first energy supplier of hydrogen gas in the Netherlands,” says CCO Gert-Jan Klaren
Clean Energy was founded in 2017 with the aim of being able to supply hydrogen gas to Dutch households in the future. “The fact that this is almost a reality four years later is, of course, absolutely fantastic, and a major step in the energy transition,” says Klaren.
About the project
Waterstofwijk Wagenborgen comes from housing corporation Groninger Huis, the landlord and owner of the participating homes. The housing association took the initiative because all homes in the Netherlands must be free of natural gas by 2050. Hydrogen is CO2-neutral and therefore a promising alternative.
Forty homes were contacted to ask if they wanted to participate in the project. Nearly all households, 32 in total, eventually indicated that they wanted to participate. These homes will be insulated, a hybrid heat pump and solar panels and the residents will switch to induction cooking. The hybrid heat pump runs as much as possible on sustainably generated electricity and hydrogen will be used at cold times.