Ulco Vermeulen: ‘It’s not just a matter of installing an electrolyser to make hydrogen: you also need the wind, transport, storage and the customer. It’s very important that we develop that chain together, from start to finish. This applies to the Netherlands, and soon also to all of Europe. We can start here and make it big, but in the end it’s about the competitive position of north-western Europe in the global market.’
‘We describe the development of the hydrogen economy as the triple jump, or hop, skip, jump (and jump again), in this case carried out over a period of ten years. During the “hop”, we use the growth fund to get things going, to ensure that industry is prepared for those hydrogen processes, and that acceleration and scale are applied to the electrolysers. In the “skip” phase, we will link the entire chain of wind, electrolyser, transport, storage and consumption. This brings us up to the second half of this decade. With the first “jump”, we will need to connect the Dutch and German industry clusters, and the second big leap for hydrogen comes from offshore wind and imports. A lot is happening all over the world to prepare hydrogen for export; that’s the revenue model after all. If it is exported, we must be ready to import and transport that hydrogen in north-western Europe. We have always been good at that, and we must continue to be good at it.’
Read the entire interview with Ulco Vermeulen (in Dutch) in Change Inc. magazine.