AkzoNobel unveils plans to build Europe's largest green hydrogen plant

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

 

AkzoNobel, the global paints, coating and specialty chemicals firm and WorldGBC Partner, has unveiled plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen production plant in a bid to cut global CO2 emissions.

The facility, to be built in the Netherlands in collaboration with gas network operator Gasunie, would use a 20 megawatt (MW) water electrolysis unit to convert sustainable electricity into hydrogen. This would mark an important step in scaling up the technology, which is seen as crucial for reducing CO2 emissions.

The planned installation would produce around 3,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year, which can either be used by AkzoNobel’s chemicals division or be sold to third parties, such as public transport companies using hydrogen buses.

The eventual aim is to convert and store sustainable energy in the form of hydrogen on a much larger scale, with plants of at least 100MW. So far, the largest planned unit in the Netherlands has a capacity of 1MW.

Industrial factories in the Netherlands currently use more than 800,000 tons of hydrogen produced by natural gas each year.

Marcel Galijee, Energy Director at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals: “Industry is important for the economy, but is also responsible for a large percentage of CO2 emissions. Only with far-reaching change of its industrial activities can the Netherlands achieve the international climate targets.

“The vast majority of the more than 800,000 tons of hydrogen used by Dutch industry each year is produced using natural gas. Replacing this by sustainably produced hydrogen will reduce CO2 emissions by seven million tonnes.”

Both companies will look for potential buyers in the coming months and will make a final decision on the project next year.

Renewable sources currently account for 40 per cent of AkzoNobel’s total energy needs, and the company aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, AkzoNobel is a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board and an Asia Pacific Regional Network partner. Both roles serve to guide WorldGBC on its activities and strategies to advance the global green building movement and achieve its mission of a 100 per cent net zero carbon building stock by 2050.

To find out more about AkzoNobel, click here. For further information on joining our Corporate Advisory Board or becoming a Regional Partner, please email office@worldgbc.org.

 

 

AkzoNobel, the global paints, coating and specialty chemicals firm and WorldGBC Partner, has unveiled plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen production plant in a bid to cut global CO2 emissions.

The facility, to be built in the Netherlands in collaboration with gas network operator Gasunie, would use a 20 megawatt (MW) water electrolysis unit to convert sustainable electricity into hydrogen. This would mark an important step in scaling up the technology, which is seen as crucial for reducing CO2 emissions.

The planned installation would produce around 3,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year, which can either be used by AkzoNobel’s chemicals division or be sold to third parties, such as public transport companies using hydrogen buses.

The eventual aim is to convert and store sustainable energy in the form of hydrogen on a much larger scale, with plants of at least 100MW. So far, the largest planned unit in the Netherlands has a capacity of 1MW.

Industrial factories in the Netherlands currently use more than 800,000 tons of hydrogen produced by natural gas each year.

Marcel Galijee, Energy Director at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals: “Industry is important for the economy, but is also responsible for a large percentage of CO2 emissions. Only with far-reaching change of its industrial activities can the Netherlands achieve the international climate targets.

“The vast majority of the more than 800,000 tons of hydrogen used by Dutch industry each year is produced using natural gas. Replacing this by sustainably produced hydrogen will reduce CO2 emissions by seven million tonnes.”

Both companies will look for potential buyers in the coming months and will make a final decision on the project next year.

Renewable sources currently account for 40 per cent of AkzoNobel’s total energy needs, and the company aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, AkzoNobel is a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board and an Asia Pacific Regional Network partner. Both roles serve to guide WorldGBC on its activities and strategies to advance the global green building movement and achieve its mission of a 100 per cent net zero carbon building stock by 2050.

To find out more about AkzoNobel, click here. For further information on joining our Corporate Advisory Board or becoming a Regional Partner, please email office@worldgbc.org.