Shell to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen plant

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Shell has taken the final investment decision to build Holland Hydrogen I, which will be Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant once operational in 2025.

The 200 MW electrolyzer will operate on the Tweede Maasvlakte, in Rotterdam. It will produce upto 60,000 kg of hydrogen per hour.

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The offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord) will provide the electrolyzer with renewable power. Shell is a part of it.

The HyTransPort pipeline will transport the hydrogen produced to Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam. It will replace some of the grey hydrogen used in the refinery. This will partially decarbonize the facility’s production of energy products like petrol and diesel and jet fuel. As heavy-duty trucks arrive on the market and refueling infrastructures grow, renewable hydrogen supply could also be directed at these vehicles to decarbonize commercial road transport.

Shell operates and owns around 10% of global hydrogen electrolyzer capacity. This includes a 20MW electrolyzer for China and a PEM electrolyser for Germany. They can each produce 1,300 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year.