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Uniper, Port of Rotterdam agree on green hydrogen production

09/07/2021 - 09:44

International energy concern Uniper has concluded an agreement with the port of Rotterdam, under which the company will produce "green" hydrogen on the port territory in the Netherlands, according to a press release from Uniper.

"Energy company Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have entered into an agreement to develop green hydrogen production at Uniper's Maasvlakte site... This agreement was enshrined in a memorandum of understanding," - reads a statement from Uniper.

It is noted that according to a joint feasibility study by the company and the port of Rotterdam, the Uniper site at Maasvlakte (artificial expansion in Rotterdam) is ideally suited for large-scale production of "green" hydrogen using electricity generated by wind farms on the North Sea.

According to the project, Uniper's hydrogen facility will be connected to the HyTransport.RTM pipeline, which runs through the port of Rotterdam, and to the Delta Corridor hydrogen system and pipeline bundle designed to supply hydrogen to chemical facilities in the Netherlands and Germany.

The Port of Rotterdam is the energy hub of Western Europe, with about 13 percent of the region's electricity supply coming through it. The port aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

There is a conventional gradation of hydrogen by color, depending on how it is produced and the carbon footprint emitted in the process.

For example, the "cleanest" hydrogen in the industry is considered to be "green" hydrogen, produced by electrolysis of water using energy from renewable sources (RES). There is also "blue" hydrogen - from natural gas.

During its production the by-product carbon dioxide is captured and stored in special storage facilities. "Gray" hydrogen is defined as hydrogen, in the production of which carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.