The port applies a complete value chain approach, in which generation, import, use in transport and industrial processes, and transport of hydrogen are combined. Addressing these elements combined makes the Port of Rotterdam ideally suited to develop a hydrogen hub.
Developing the hydrogen economy requires setting up a system that combines production and use, imports, and transit flows. To enable a higher uptake of hydrogen, a backbone is required. The Port of Rotterdam and Gasunie are working on realising such a backbone. A main transport pipeline will supply companies with hydrogen produced at conversion parks in the port. Ultimately, though national infrastructure, corridors will connect the backbone to industrial areas. Within the Netherlands and outside, such as North Rhine-Westphalia.
Becoming a hydrogen hub involves several elements:
- The backbone pipeline through the port area and a 2 GW (with a pontential of 3.3 Mton CO2 reduction) conversion park on the ‘Maasvlakte’ are two concrete projects that work towards making the port a hydrogen hub. The definitive decision for the pipeline is planned for the first half of 2021.
- Deploying hydrogen in mobility is another project the Port of Rotterdam is involved in, for example for inland shipping and road transport.
- Becoming an import hub for overseas import of hydrogen, for consumption in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.