The Northern Netherlands has become the first region in Europe to receive a subsidy for its so-called Hydrogen Valley. The North Netherlands grant application for a Hydrogen Valley has been approved by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the European Commission. It concerns a subsidy of 20 million euro with a public-private co-financing of 70 million euro. This brings the total project size to approximately 90 million euro. This grant is for the development of a fully functioning green hydrogen chain in the northern Netherlands. This six-year project – called HEAVENN – started in January 2020.
New Energy Coalition and Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN) have been the driving forces in this application, which has been supported by more than 65 national and international parties from California to Japan and New Zealand. The HEAVENN project is unique in that it encompasses and connects the entire hydrogen chain within a geographical region. HEAVENN stands for H2 Energy Applications (in) Valley Environments (for) Northern Netherlands and consists of 31 public and private parties from 6 European countries.
Green Hydrogen Value Chain: from production to filling stations
The projects supported focus on sectoral integration: the large-scale production of green hydrogen as a raw material for industry, the storage, transport and distribution of hydrogen and its application for energy supply for both industry and the built environment and in mobility.