Rotterdam - BP, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are jointly investigating the possibilities of producing green hydrogen for the BP refinery in Rotterdam.
The Port Authority is not only looking at the location of this electrolyser and the infrastructure for the transport of electricity and hydrogen, but also at the infrastructure required for the water supply. After all, an electrolyser breaks apart water (H2O) molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The study will also take into account a possible connection to the heat grid and oxygen pipelines.
Large-scale production of green hydrogen requires huge amounts of green electricity, for example from offshore wind farms, in addition to a very high electrolysing capacity. The Port Authority is therefore also looking into realising a hydrogen backbone and a special industrial site for electrolysers.
Achieving a CO2-neutral industry in Rotterdam by 2050 will require the large-scale production of hydrogen. According to studies by the Wuppertal Institute, it will involve capacity that is 10 to 30 times greater than that of this 250 MW electrolyser: 2.5 to 6.4 GW