Hydrogen or Not(hing)? Future of Hydrogen as Energy Carrier and Fuel

Dutch DNV GL symposium on the potential of hydrogen

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Event Information

  • Where:

    Assen, Netherlands

  • Venue:

    Theater De Nieuwe Kolk

  • Delegates Fee:

    Free of charge

'Waterstof of Niet(s)? Toekomst van Waterstof als Energiedrager en Brandstof' 

The Dutch energy industry is in full transition. Where we are heading is not 100% clear yet, but the energy future will be more sustainable.  

Will our Dutch natural gas era come to an end? According to the government’s goals, it will be. And by 2050. To make this happen, we need to answer the question what should come in place of natural gas? Renewable heat, all electric, biogas? These options do have some limitations, such as availability, energy losses, high investment and transportation and storage challenges. Another option is hydrogen. Will this be the energy carrier and fuel of the future?

In the Netherlands, initiatives are developed to reuse the gas net as cable cords and such, but in the UK, hydrogen is considered as a substitute for natural gas:

  • It can be produced via steam reforming of natural gas (ie CO2 storage), via electrolysis of electricity from wind and solar panels or via direct conversion of solar energy.
  • The gas network already exists and the capacity for hydrogen transport is sufficient.
  • Short term or seasonal storage in the form of hydrogen is already state-of-the-art.

Of course, there are also many challenges for the production, storage, transport and end use of hydrogen. Is the gas network suitable for transportation? What are the costs compared to the alternatives? How does hydrogen actually compete with other energy carriers (for example in mobility)? What are the biggest opportunities for hydrogen? Can we make sufficient (sustainable) hydrogen or will we even have too much hydrogen in the future? And security, of course, also requires attention throughout the chain. But what was it like again, when hydrogen was still distributed (as the main component of urban gas)?

We would like to discuss the challenges the introduction of hydrogen on a larger scale. We therefore cordially invite you to participate in our symposium. You can register here. Participation is free of charge.

We are pleased to inform you about the contributions of at least the following organizations and speakers. Please note that this event is in Dutch. Full program can be downloaded here

Hydrogen; Potentially more versatile and efficient than electricity in the energy chain. From sustainable offshore hydrogen to oil and gas platforms from Noordzeewind, transport through existing offshore pipelines and onshore storage in port areas, to end-use in many applications, such as mobility and seasonal energy demand. Ewald Breunesse reports on the World Energy Council study on energy production in the North Sea and Alice Elliott discusses the case for hydrogen in the transport sector in the Netherlands.

Albert van der Molen will look into the possibilities that Stedin as a regional grid operator sees in the field of hydrogen.

Pieter Boersma will explain how GTS intends to use existing (natural) gas infrastructure under the current laws and regulations for the exchange of hydrogen, in order to accelerate sustainability. Pieter will illustrate this by using the Green Deal project "Hydrogen Symbiosis in the Delta Region", using a natural gas transport pipeline for hydrogen transport.

Power to Gas to Refineries: a route to sustainable hydrogen in the port area of Rotterdam. The subjects that Port of Rotterdam and Uniper will address are:

  • Energy transit routes in port area Rotterdam, with focus on electrification
  • Sustainable hydrogen as a building block for the petrochemical chain
  • Excess intermittent wind as feedstock.

Andy Williams from the UK will give a presentation on UK's interesting developments in the field of hydrogen, both in terms of projects and regulations. For the city of Leeds, a major feasibility study has been conducted to provide residents with 100% hydrogen using the existing gas network. If this pilot succeeds, it is considered to roll out this approach widely in the UK to achieve the decarbonization targets. We will also inform you about the latest developments in industrial, commercial and domestic gas combustion plants in relation to hydrogen blending rates and 100% hydrogen feed.