Arthur D. Little explores large-scale GW electrolyzer (s) in Zeeland and Flanders

Arthur D Litte verkent grootschalig GW elektrolysers in Zeeland & Vlaanderen

Arthur D. Little explores large-scale GW electrolyzer (s) in Zeeland and Flanders

This spring saw the start of the SDR "Gigawatt Electrolysis plant" project.  Its aim is to make hydrogen through electrolysis of water with electricity from wind and solar for large-scale industrial application. To make this possible, a scaling-up by a factor of a thousand is required compared to electrolysis installations that are currently operating. To replace the current production of grey hydrogen in the Netherlands (half of which is used by Zeeland industry) with the CO₂-free production of hydrogen, one or more electrolysis plants on a gigawatt scale are needed. 

The partners in this project will jointly investigate what is needed to build one or more electrolysis plants of this size for the border region of Southwest Netherlands / Flanders (Smart Delta Resources working area) around 2025-2030. In particular this project will also focus on the system integration of such an extensive electrolyzer in the existing industrial processes . The regional study is being carried out by Zeeland Refinery, Dow Benelux, Yara, ArcelorMittal Belgium, ENGIE, PZEM, North Sea Port and SDR. Wind-at-sea giant Ørsted is also involved. Commissioned by this consortium, the internationally renowned consultancy firm Arthur D. Little started this regional exploratory study in September. The results are expected next spring. The construction of a 1 Gigawatt electrolysis plant is part of the "Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry 2050" of the Smart Delta Resources collaboration platform.

In Ghent too studies are being made of an electrolyzer to be built.

On the initiative of a number of industrial companies, the city of Ghent, the province of East Flanders, the University of Ghent and the port company North Sea Port, a study was carried out at the end of 2018 for the development of a CCU hub in the port area of Ghent. This exploratory study for the development of Carbon Capture & Utilization was based on a local circular and low-carbon economic model. Green hydrogen production is an essential part of the CCU hub strategy. In this exploratory study, with a full rollout, a 600 MW electrolyzer is recommended in Ghent.