Transport for London and H2 Mobility Deutschland are set to receive some of Europe’s first Guarantees of Origin (GO) generated by Air Products as part of a pilot project.

The project is part of CertifHy, an initiative launching the first European-wide GO scheme for low carbon and renewable hydrogen.

A GO labels the origin of a product and provides information to customers on the source of their products. It operates as a tracking system ensuring the quality of a product such as hydrogen. Transferable across the continent, GOs are intended to create an innovative, transparent hydrogen market.

The GOs are being sought for hydrogen produced at the Rotterdam chloralkaline electrolyser plants of Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), which uses wind power as part of its energy mix. This renewable power is sourced from the recently completed Krammer and Bouwdokken windfarms in The Netherlands.

Once produced, the hydrogen is conditioned by Air Products before taking into its established pipeline in Rotterdam for commercial use.

Kurt Lefevere, Vice-President of the Northern Continent at Air Products, said, “To make a real contribution towards a clean, sustainable transportation system it is critical that members of the supply chain come together.”

“We’re always looking for opportunities to achieve operational efficiency and help meet the carbon dioxide emission reduction targets of European Union countries in a cost-effective way.”

“Having a European-wide GO system for renewable hydrogen will support these goals, and our project with Nouryon is an innovative example of what can be achieved where circumstances permit.”

As part of the pilot project, two of Air Products’ hydrogen customers in the mobility sector will receive GOs for renewable hydrogen: H2 Mobility Deutschland, an organisation operating a network of hydrogen fuelling stations in Germany, and London’s integrated transport authority Transport for London, which operated hydrogen buses across the UK’s capital.

Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director at H2 Mobiity Deutschland commented, “The CertifHy ‘green hydrogen’ certificates from Air Products significantly increase the proportion of green hydrogen at our stations. We strongly believe that CertifHy will help to establish an innovative, transparent European market for renewable hydrogen.”

The CertifHy pilot program will initially run until mid-2019. It is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), a partnership between the European Commission and the hydrogen industry and research community.

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