HyNetherlands aims to develop, build, and operate one of the first large-scale industrial value chains in Europe for the production and delivery of renewable-based hydrogen in the Northern Netherlands (Province of Groningen).
The long-term ambition of HyNetherlands is to increase its contribution to the decarbonization of industry and mobility in the Northern Netherlands and beyond. This ambition will be reached by gradually scaling-up the production capacity of the electrolyzers from 100MW in 2026 to 1.85GW in 2035. The project and its corresponding roadmap have all characteristics to lay the basis for Europe’s energy security of supply and energy sovereignty through a full decarbonized value chain, while ensuring future sound sector coupling and electrical and gas grid integration.
HyNetherlands is uniquely positioned in Europe in the Northern Netherlands, where the natural gas economy is shifting towards a hydrogen economy.
This coastal region offers abundant offshore wind energy. There is an infrastructure in place focusing on re-utilization and currently the so called hydrogen backbone is at an advanced stage; an extensive network of hydrogen pipelines throughout the Netherlands and beyond. Part of the infrastructure is a large underground storage facility. HyNetherlands will create new jobs and will reorient qualified local gas staff towards hydrogen skills and techniques.
HyNetherlands accelerates the commercialization of an affordable energy carrier premium product through renewable based hydrogen on the emerging market, through an investment subsidized up to 75%. This will position European industry and investors on a scalable industrial project, taking the global lead in hydrogen production and commercialization.
The ENGIE hydrogen production site will be located on the site of the Eems power plant in Eemshaven, 30 kilometers north-east of the city of Groningen and close to the German border. The renewable hydrogen can be supplied to tube trailers (for e.g. mobility) at the site and will be injected into the hydrogen backbone, based on the retrofitted existing gas network to be operated by HyNetwork Services, a subsidiary of Gasunie. The 100 MW electrolyzer, powered by 200 MW of wind capacity supplied by offshore wind turbines, will be able to follow the intermittent supply of electricity.
For some industries with a high carbon footprint it is very hard to achieve CO₂ neutrality in the short term. European legislation being adopted (RED, Delegated Act) highlights the importance of a timely and integrated approach towards CO2 neutrality, which HyNetherlands project can heavily contribute to.
The advantage of this fully decarbonized value chain is that it reaches many aspects of the energy transition.
HyNL will be increasing production capacity from 100MW in 2026 to 1.85 GW in 2035.
The HyNetherlands project will directly contribute to both the Dutch (4 GW by 2030 of electrolyzer capacity) and the European Hydrogen roadmaps (40 GW by 2030).