The Port Authority is working with various partners towards the introduction of a large-scale hydrogen network across the port complex, making Rotterdam an international hub for hydrogen production, import, application and transport to other countries in Northwest Europe. The hub will also enable Rotterdam to maintain its position as important energy port for Northwest Europe in the future.
There is an increasing role for hydrogen. As well as being a replacement for natural gas in generating heat in the process industry, hydrogen is also a building block for the manufacture of products in the sustainable chemical industry. Hydrogen is also developing as an important energy carrier in aviation, shipping and heavy road transport, and will also be used to heat homes and greenhouses.
The advantages of establishing a hydrogen hub in Rotterdam are many. Large-scale use of hydrogen in industry can considerably reduce carbon emissions. A hydrogen network will also enable the port to continue to play a leading role internationally, as well as remain the motor of the national economy.
Backbone for hydrogen
The Port Authority is working with Gasunie to develop a backbone for hydrogen across the port. The plan is for this to be operational as early as 2023. Companies will be able connect to this network to collect or supply hydrogen. Wind-powered electrolysers will connect the main transport line to several central points where the hydrogen is produced. In practice this will involve multiple locations, the first of which is being planned on Maasvlakte 2.
This setup will stimulate hydrogen use in industry as well as the development of the hydrogen market. The Port Authority is working with partners to develop both blue and green hydrogen, with blue hydrogen preparing the way for the later arrival of green hydrogen. This offers potential for a rapid increase in sustainability, as the infrastructure for ‘blue’ will soon also be suitable for ‘green’. View the projects below to see how Rotterdam is preparing its future role as hydrogen hub.
Carbon neutral in 3 steps
The energy transition task is clear: We aim to bring the port of Rotterdam in line with the Paris Climate Agreement objectives. Together with companies, we are working towards a carbon neutral port in 3 steps. Steps 1 to 3 are, respectively, efficiency & infrastructure, towards a new energy system, and towards a new raw materials and fuel system.
Would you like to know more about hydrogen in Rotterdam? Then please contact: