The latest North Sea Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Community (NS HyMaP) Information Bulletin has been published. The section below introduces the Bulletin. If you would like a copy of the full Bulletin please contact Jon Jordan at [email protected]
This edition begins with an exciting announcement by the Danish Government to construct an artificial island in the North Sea for 200 wind turbines to produce green electricity and hydrogen. This will be the largest Danish construction project in history and the plans also include a green energy hub for the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. The theme of ambitious projects is continued with an article about the AquaVentus project based on the island of Heligoland in Germany. The project will begin with two 14 megawatt units integrated into a turbine tower which should be operational by 2023 and then develop a system of green hydrogen production from offshore wind which total 10 GW and completed by 2035.
We then move from large projects to the H2Res project based on an offshore windfarm off the Copenhagen coast. A Final Investment Decision was agreed by Ørsted in January and the project involves installation of a 2-MW electrolysis plant powered by two 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines.
Funding opportunities from the EU and national governments are often important considerations in project development. The Bulletin gives a summary of a webinar held by Scotland Europa about Horizon Europe. The first Calls for Projects should be held from April onwards and UK partners will be eligible under the Trade and Co-operation Agreement concluded by the UK Government and EU in December. The webinar outlines the new conditions that UK partners work under but stresses the fact that the Agreement allows UK partners to operate “business as usual” as a project partner. The webinar also discussed minor changes in the Horizon Europe application procedure rules but NS HyMaP will draft an article on the rule changes once the Project Calls have taken place.
There are a growing number of reports about the potential of green hydrogen produced from offshore wind and this Bulletin contains a summary of the latest report on this subject. This is from the World Hydrogen Leaders (WHL) which is a membership-based organisation launched in 2020 by Green Power Global. The Report welcomes the growing number of national strategies that have been produced in the last year but also discusses other measures that must be taken to develop the potential of hydrogen from offshore wind.
Lastly, the Bulletin previews the two day Hydrogen Transition Summit organised by Climate Action. This webinar has interesting sessions such as “In what ways is hydrogen a solution?” and “What’s stopping the hydrogen economy becoming a reality?”
About NS HyMaP
The North Sea Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Community (NS HyMaP) is a new organisation formed to promote the use of hydrogen in the North Sea Ports and Maritime sectors. From 1 January 2021, NS HyMaP has become a membership-based Community. Our Members are drawn from ports, the hydrogen and maritime sectors, local and regional government, academia and consultancies.
The North Sea Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Community (NS HyMaP) is a membership based association that promotes the increased use of hydrogen in the ports and maritime sector as an effective and efficient way of achieving climate neutrality in one of the EU’s most important maritime regions.”
NS HyMaP is currently advised by a Steering Group and intends to elect a Board in the first half of 2021.
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