A project designing the first Europe-wide Guarantee of Origin (GO) for green hydrogen (H2) is one step closer to a transparent H2 market.

Undertaken by a consortium led by Hinicio, composed of ECN, GREXEL, Ludwig Bölkow System Technik (LBST), and TÜV SÜD, and financed by the FCH 2 JU, CertifHy has issued more than 75,000 green and low carbon GOs that are available on the market now.

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 H2.

The project is currently piloting the scheme to test its design, its procedures and operation, the associated costs for the various users, the ICT system as well as other elements. The results will be fed-back and incorporated into the final design of the scheme, expected by March 2019.

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Source: CertifHy

The CertifHy pilot is composed of four H2 production plants demonstrating different H2 production pathways located throughout Europe:

  • SMR Port Jerome, France – the pilot plant by Air Liquide produces low carbon H2 using steam methane reforming with a carbon capture unit or green H2 using biomethane as feed gas
  • Water electrolysis, Belgium – the pilot of the retailer Colruyt Group produces green H2 with electrolysis for its forklifts, heavy duty vehicles and passenger cars
  • Chlor alkali process, Netherlands – the pilot demonstration by Nouryon and Air Products uses a chlor alkali process to produce green H2 in Rotterdam Botlek
  • Windgas Falkenhagen, Germany – the pilot by Uniper produces green H2 from wind energy via water electrolysis that can be fed into the natural gas grid or used as input for methanation

CertifHy invites existing H2 consumers to participate in the pilot and acquire CertifHy GOs. A CertifHy GO allows end-users to proof that the H2 originates from renewable and low carbon energy sources. It covers either H2 produced from renewable energy (bio, hydro, wind and solar) (defined as ‘green H2’) or from non-renewable low carbon energy sources (defined as non-renewable low carbon H2).

First green hydrogen GOs on the market