By 2023, hydrogen will be the undisputed choice for vehicles and applications, as a substitute for diesel. In the same period, hydrogen will break through as a good alternative for natural gas applications.
We are committed to the development and management of the carbon-free hydrogen chain. We do this through cooperation, integration and optimisation, while at the same time creating value for all stakeholders in the chain. This chain allows end users to experience that hydrogen is a sustainable, safe, high quality, affordable and practical alternative.
As experts, we know what is the best method to integrate electrolysis with wind energy and then distribute hydrogen to the client in a cost-effective way. HYGRO Energy organises the daily management of the chain by continuously coordinating and optimising production, distribution and consumption. In this way, the costs within the chain become manageable and green hydrogen becomes an affordable energy source. HYGRO Energy is able to do this thanks to intelligent integrated turnkey solutions developed by HYGRO Technology. The chain is organised in such a way, that high quality hydrogen is supplied to the correct party at the exact right moment, while at the same time we have the flexibility to respond to the wind conditions for the benefit of production. Our business units are complementary and reinforce the value that HYGRO creates for its customers.
High quality hydrogen is created in a very efficient and cost-effective way by allowing electrolysis to take place within the wind turbine. This is possible due to the integration of proven best in class technology. This integration allows maximum conversion of wind energy into useful energy in the form of hydrogen. This concept is used for the first time in the Wind-tot-Wiel project. This smart integration also contributes to a significant decrease in the investment costs and operational costs of hydrogen production.
There are 3 reasons why hydrogen will play a major role in our future energy system as energy carrier:
Although the Dutch industry is able to deploy green hydrogen on a large scale, currently the highest environmental and economic value lies with the application of green hydrogen in the mobility sector. This is due to a combination of factors. The HYGRO process produces very pure hydrogen (class 5) and is therefore eminently suitable as fuel for vehicle fuel cells. In this way, the use of diesel as fuel can be prevented, and the emission of CO2, particulate matter and NOx is significantly reduced. The clean air directly contributes to the quality of life in the urban environment. The switch from diesel to hydrogen can be achieved in the short term, whereby the following aspects have a role to play. The distance between wind turbines and filling stations is relatively limited, as both have an adequate nation-wide coverage. This means that the hydrogen distribution costs are manageable. Initiatives in Norway and Switzerland show that it is possible to scale up within a short time frame. It is expected that the cost price of fuel cells will soon be able to compete with combustion engines, due to the emerging serial production. Fuel cells are more efficient in use and demand virtually no maintenance.
We foresee that as of 2025 combustion engines will no longer be welcome in many city centres, in order to improve the quality of the living environment.
The deployment of hydrogen as energy carrier in the built environment and industry demands the development of hydrogen networks in order to be able to transport hydrogen over longer distances and in larger volumes against relatively low costs. It also requires the development of seasonal storage capacity, in order to guarantee a trouble-free supply of hydrogen throughout the year. At this moment it is being investigated whether part of the gas grid can be used for the transportation of hydrogen.
Studies carried out, such as for Stad aan het Haringvliet, show that green hydrogen could potentially be one of the less expensive options to make cities and villages more sustainable. Deployment of hydrogen turbines combined with the deployment of existing natural gas pipes3, makes it possible to distribute hydrogen to the houses against very low costs. If scaled up further, green hydrogen becomes less expensive than sustainable electricity. This provides a completely new perspective on the question how we can phase out the use of natural gas in the Netherlands.
You can read more about this in our position paper, as well as about the advantages of hydrogen generated directly from wind, its applications and how we think it will accelerate the energy transition.
Finally, after the hydrogen hype at the start of this century, it has become clear how hydrogen could achieve a carbon-free economy. The technical components have proven their reliability in various pilots and are ready for mass production. This will make sure that costs reduce rapidly to the level where it is cheaper than the combustion engine as a source of power, thus replacing oil as fuel. And in the meantime, the breakthrough in the costs for wind and solar energy combined with the full integration of both technologies (wind/solar & electrochemical conversion), makes hydrogen cheaper than oil & electricity. Due to the interaction of these two developments in demand and supply, hydrogen will arise as a new value chain. Although accelerated by policies to reduce CO2 emissions, hydrogen will mainly break through because it is a cheaper and better alternative than oil. The stone age also did not end because of a lack of stones.
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