Rotterdam Port Triples Hydrogen Delivery Forecast

Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest port, has tripled its estimate for the amount of green hydrogen it expects  to deliver to northwest Europe each year by 2030. Green hydrogen produced from renewable sources is expected to play a major part in Europe’s attempts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Rotterdam port announced on Tuesday that based on current plans and projects by companies in the port area and exporting countries, it could deliver 4.6 million tonnes of hydrogen per year by 2030, a three fold hike from the previous estimate.

Most of the increase is expected to come from imports, which could reach 4 million tonnes by 2030, with local production at around 600,000 tonnes, according to the plans.

Import and production would be a combination of green hydrogen and blue hydrogen, which is made from natural gas in a process where CO2 emissions are captured and stored.

Currently, no green or blue hydrogen is imported into Rotterdam. The port’s previous estimate for 2030 was to reach 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable hydrogen.

Hydrogen in Rotterdam is currently only derived from gas in a process that creates considerable CO2 emissions.

Hydrogen is seen as a cleaner alternative to natural gas as energy and a raw material. The EU bets big on green hydrogen in the transition to cleaner energy.

EU Climate Policy Chief Timmermans said the bloc aims to produce 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen an import another 10 million by 2030.

The challenge for green hydrogen is the need for governments to ensure its price to go lower than fossil fuels.

Timmermans also said that the European Commission will next week propose a widespread rollout of CO2 “contracts for difference” plans to address this issue and support green hydrogen projects.

The EU also set to propose regulations to define what types of hydrogen count as green. It is needed in particular for imported hydrogen to be accepted as green.

Europe already uses hydrogen in some industrial processes, but 90% of that is currently produced from gas in a process that emits CO2.

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