Hydrogen Filling Station Den Helder Region for road and maritime

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Port of Den Helder, ENGIE, Damen Shipyards and various other parties are to develop a hydrogen filling station for maritime and road transport in the Den Helder region, Added to that will be a 2,6 megawatt  peak solar park. New Energy Coalition is a partner in the consortium. For this project, the parties have been awarded a subsidy of almost 1.4 million euros through the Demonstration Scheme for Climate Technologies and Innovations in Transport (DKTI). This scheme implements agreements from the Energy Agreement (2014), the Climate Agreement (from 2019) and the Sustainable Fuel Vision.

Ships and vehicles
In the area of the Kooyhaven in Den Helder 2 different hydrogen filling points will be realized. A filling point where cars and trucks can refuel and a filling point on the Kooyhaven along the Noordhollandsch Kanaal where ships can refuel hydrogen. However, the realisation of a filling station is not the end of it. As part of the project, Damen Shipyards will develop a hydrogen ship that will be offered to a pool of potential users. Among other things, the Port of Den Helder will use this ship. The aim is to have the chain of solar park, electrolysis and filling station fully operational by 2021. The hydrogen-powered ship is expected to be ready by mid 2020.
The green hydrogen will not be supplied, but will be produced, stored and made available on site by means of electrolysis for shipping, freight traffic and passenger transport. In order to feed the electrolysis unit with green electricity, ENGIE will therefore realise a 2.6 megawatt peak solar park locally. The expected maximum capacity for the production of hydrogen will be around 400 kilograms of green hydrogen.

Zero emissions in the Wadden Sea
The hydrogen filling station can play an important role for emission-free shipping in the Wadden Sea. The consortium expects that hydrogen will also be an interesting option for other initiatives in Den Helder. For example, the activities of service vessels, offshore suppliers and the transport of personnel to and from Den Helder’s offshore installations could also be made more sustainable in this way. However, the realisation of the hydrogen filling station will also make it possible to make the vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy more sustainable.

New Energy Coalition is one of the partners in the project. Together with the Noord-Holland North Development Company and a number of municipalities, New Energy Coalition is working on an ambitious hydrogen programme for the region, including the Duwaal programme, which is aimed at jointly and simultaneously organising the supply and demand of hydrogen for mobility.
“Cooperation is necessary in order to prioritise the projects in such a way that they contribute to a rapid breakthrough of the hydrogen economy. According to the parties involved, this project is an important building block in the region’s hydrogen ambitions to achieve a hydrogen chain. The project has also been included as an important pillar in the recently presented proposals for a Regiodeal for Den Helder,” says Frank Brandsen of New Energy Coalition, business developer in Noord-Holland.