Electrification will be an important route for industry in the port of Rotterdam to become less dependent on fossil fuels. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is actively involved in this and creates optimal conditions for promising initiatives.
In order to contribute to the national climate targets in the long term, the industry can use electrification in various ways to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. This is particularly the case here:
- Replace grey electricity generated from fossil sources with green electricity based on, for example, solar and wind energy.
- Use green electricity to produce the heat needed in the process industry.
- Using green electricity to produce hydrogen. This hydrogen can be used to create high-temperature heat for the process industry, but also as a raw material, for example in the chemical industry.
In order to be able to use electrification on a large scale in the long term (directly and for the production of hydrogen), a great deal of green electricity is needed, especially from sources such as the sun, wind and hydropower. This electricity must also be affordable.
This development has been set in motion, for example with the increase in the number of offshore wind farms and the landing of mainly wind energy on the Maasvlakte. The H-vision project is also a feasibility study by sixteen parties into the construction of a hydrogen plant in Rotterdam that produces hydrogen from natural gas, but is therefore a pioneer for green hydrogen (from green electricity and water).
Rotterdam offers excellent conditions in terms of infrastructure, space and companies that want to participate in partnerships to realise and scale up initiatives for electrification.
The animation below sets out the ins and outs of electrification once again.