In early 2020, a consortium made up of Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell Nederland announced the start of what might be Europe’s most ambitious wind-to-hydrogen project, NortH2. Meanwhile, Norway’s Equinor and Germany’s RWE have also joined the project.

Large-scale green hydrogen production

The joint objective is to set up large-scale green hydrogen production using offshore wind power. As much as 4 gigawatts by 2030, in fact, which will fulfil one of the goals set by the Dutch Climate Agreement. But the ambition goes further than that. NortH2 wants to upscale to more than 10 gigawatts by 2040. By then, green hydrogen output, which will initially be produced in Eemshaven and later possibly offshore as well, will total around 1,000,000 metric tons on an annual basis, cutting carbon emissions by over eight to ten megatons a year. Backed by the Groningen provincial authority, NortH2 does not rule out other serious partners joining the project further down the line.

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Recent publications

1 April 2021
We recently completed the first phase of the NortH2 feasibility study. These are the most important lessons learned from that research.
1 April 2021
‘In answer to society’s demands, in thirty years’ time our network will be transporting green gases, heat and CO2.’
29 March 2021
‘The Netherlands is a natural-gas country. In such a position, you simply cannot say no to an opportunity like hydrogen gas.’
29 March 2021
During the Industry and Energy Summit, the industry presented their ‘Offer to the Netherlands’: a programme of projects designed to enable Dutch industry to successfully make the climate transition.

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