Dr. ir. René Peters
- Offshore Energy
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The H-vision study was presented on 2 July by Cis Marring, member of the TO Executive Board and Steven Lak, chairman of the board of Deltalinqs to Minister Wiebes, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The initiative to switch to blue hydrogen was conceived and developed by TNO for a number of years under the leadership of Deltalinqs, which represents some 700 companies in the main port of Rotterdam, including BP, Shell and Uniper. Together with the other sixteen participating companies, they see blue hydrogen as a real opportunity to make their processes more sustainable. The plans will not only accelerate the energy transition but also pave the way for green hydrogen from the sun and wind, which will no longer produce any CO2 at all. The blue variant is a necessary intermediate step towards that future.
H-vision's plans are closely linked to other major initiatives in the port of Rotterdam, such as the Porthos project and the North Sea Energy programme initiated by TNO. Both provide for the creation of smart connections between offshore wind energy and gas infrastructures. At the moment, industry is using a lot of hydrogen, especially for high-temperature processes, by burning natural gas. In the plans the CO2 that is released is captured and transported to depleted gas fields under the North Sea. The resulting CO2-free blue hydrogen can be used for heavy industrial processes and the production of electricity.