The Netherlands has set clear targets in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement: a 50% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 and a CO2-neutral energy supply by 2050.

To accelerate the energy transition, 16 partners, predominantly from the port of Rotterdam industrial area, are collaborating in a detailed study to explore the large-scale production and application of blue hydrogen.

Blue hydrogen is obtained from natural gas or industrial residual gases by splitting them into hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2).The captured CO2 will be safely stored in empty gas fields in the North Sea or reused as chemical building blocks.

‘H-vision’ aims to deploy this low carbon hydrogen for industrial energy supplies. The project will determine how the industry can lower the CO2 impact of its energy use by replacing natural gas and coal with blue hydrogen. It is also studying how residual gases from the refining and chemical industry can be utilised to further enhance sustainability.

Potential CO2 emissions reductions of two megatons per annum in 2025, rising to six megatons per annum in 2030 are expected.

H-vision participants are Deltalinqs, TNO, Air Liquide, BP, EBN, Engie, Equinor, Gasunie, GasTerra, Linde, OCI Nitrogen, Port of Rotterdam authority, Shell, TAQA, Uniper and Koninklijke Vopak. Together they represent the hydrogen value chain, from production to end-users.

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Source: Port of Rotterdam

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