VVD and D66 want bigger ambitions with green hydrogen: 8 gigawatts in 2030

The Netherlands must redouble its current efforts towards sustainable hydrogen production. In order to lead the way in this field in Europe by the year 2030, the support system for sustainable initiatives must be repaired early next year.

This is the essence of hydrogen plans to bring parliamentary parties VVD and D66 Wednesday abroad. Can produce major party in the coalition Rutte IV to that in 2030 eight gigawatts (GW) on green hydrogen in the Netherlands. The purpose of the former treasury much less than 3 to 4 gigawatts.

Holland’s sustainable hydrogen plans play an important role as an alternative to fossil fuels. The energy source can be produced sustainably by electrolysis, in which water is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. A lot of green electricity is needed. For the current ocean ambitions, hydrogen is offshore wind production that has already doubled to 21 gigawatts in 2031.

It is not yet clear in the VVD-D66 plan if needed to build more wind farms in order to implement marine hydrogen plans. You can not use part of the electricity generated from the gardens in the coming years clogged the electricity grid, the parties write in their plan. You can then use this part of hydrogen. Both sides propose the use of some wind farms exclusively for hydrogen production. This option needs to be further explored. “If there was a need for more wind in the sea, we must do it,” Thus says MP Party D66 Raul Facebook.

wide support

The fact that the Dutch government should focus on green hydrogen can count on a broad political support in the House of Representatives. He asked “to intensify” the hydrogen government plans to “get a leading role in the hydrogen transition in Europe” received broad support in 2020. Only PVV and FVD voted against. The idea is that the Netherlands can use the infrastructure of hydrogen transport gas, and the North Sea to generate the electricity needed through wind turbines.

Hydrogen used by refineries and chemical industries is already produced as a raw material with natural gas. In the coming years, hydrogen must be produced in a sustainable way, especially with the help of electricity from offshore wind farms. Hydrogen is expected to increasingly replace the use of fossil fuels in industry. Companies such as BP, Shell and RWE already have concrete plans to build electrolyzers in the Netherlands.

In the coalition agreement it was agreed to allocate 15 billion euros in support of the “high-quality carrier renewable energy.” He wrote more likely that it is likely to be 5 to 10 billion that will be used to promote the production of green hydrogen transfer Norwegian Refugee Council PreviouslySo far it is not clear what will happen to those funds.

road map

Before the summer, Minister Rob Jetten (D66, climate and energy) to provide the so-called road map for the Dutch plans for hydrogen. And put VVD D66 high bar for Jetten, through the already talk of doubling the production of Dutch versus the previous plans.

One of the problems is that potential customers from the industry and hydrogen producers are waiting for each other to make investments. “The government that this problem solving the chicken egg,” says a member of the House of Representatives for Silvio Erkens VVD. “Among other agreements with these companies make.” And to provide support.

According to the VVD and D66, only green hydrogen to get away from the ground if the production, infrastructure and consumption is growing at the same pace. The goal is also to import a large amount of hydrogen (4 gigawatts) to speed up infrastructure construction. The existing Dutch gas network can be used to a large extent for this purpose, so that very large investments are not required.

According to VVD and D66, rapid adjustment of subsidy rules is essential because hydrogen plans are still too expensive to qualify for government subsidies. Under current subsidy rules, priority is given to the cheapest alternatives to fossil energy. Coalition parties want an alternative to that presented early next year, in addition to the current SDE++ support plan.

Member of Parliament Bucky D66 is not afraid that the government is betting all these extra billions on the wrong horse. “We know we need green hydrogen to green the industry. In companies like Tata Steel that do not run on electricity. For the Netherlands, this is a unique opportunity.”

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