The H-vision consortium brings together a wide range of parties – most of them from Rotterdam’s port and industrial area. Together, they represent the entire hydrogen chain – from producers to end users. In mid-2019, H-vision published an extensive feasibility study that shows how its project will yield swift and substantial carbon savings. The H-vision partners are currently working on follow-up steps, which should ultimately lead to the launch of the actual project.
The participating parties are: Deltalinqs, Air Liquide, BP, Gasunie, Port of Rotterdam, ONYX Power, Shell, Uniper, Royal Vopak, ExxonMobil, EBN and Equinor. The H-vision project is supported by the Province of South Holland and the Municipality of Rotterdam.
To learn why these partners decided to join strengths in this unique project, see below.
Erik van Beek
Manager of ExxonMobil’s refinery in Rotterdam
'As a company, we wish to both limit our environmental impact and satisfy the growing demand for power. We achieve this by minimising the emissions released by our plants, helping consumers to reduce their emissions and promoting research into new technologies. H-vision aligns perfectly with these ambitions – we assess whether fuel gas from our refinery can be used to produce blue hydrogen and whether this hydrogen could be used as a fuel for industrial heat, electric power, housing and transport. At the same time, H-vision enables production locations in the port of Rotterdam to significantly reduce their carbon emissions. Through this project, we are able to make an important contribution to the attainment of the national climate goals.’
Erik van Beek
CEO bp Nederland
‘The H-vision project is extremely important to us because once it has been implemented, we will be able to take major steps forward in realising our ambition to be completely carbon-neutral by 2050 (#bpnetZero) and help the rest of the world achieve this same goal. In addition, the project plays an important part in further raising the sustainability of heat and electric power generation at our assets.’
Ruud de Jongh
Vice President Gas & Hydrogen Partnership Shell
'Dutch industry is working hard to reduce its carbon emissions and contribute to the goals set out in the national Climate Agreement. Hydrogen plays an important role in this context since it can replace fossil fuels in a range of different processes. Unfortunately, in the short term, we do not have enough electric power from renewable sources for the large-scale production of green hydrogen. To ensure that in the intervening period we are able to substantially reduce our carbon emissions, Shell plans to work together with the other partners in H-vision on the production of blue hydrogen. This will mainly be made from residual refinery gases. The carbon emissions released by this process will be captured at the source and stored. Besides yielding significant emissions savings, this also helps to prepare a range of different plants, our infrastructure and the sector in general for the future transition – one that involves the large-scale adoption of hydrogen as an energy carrier, a product that will ultimately be completely green in terms of production. This accelerates the development of our industry and society towards net-zero emissions.’
Ruud de Jongh
‘“Storing vital products with care”. That’s what Vopak stands for – as we have for 400 years. And hydrogen is set to become one such vital product for our society. We expect Rotterdam to establish itself as a major international hub where hydrogen is produced, consumed, traded, imported and exported to industrial clients in Germany. And we need to take action as soon as possible – for the sake of our climate. Blue hydrogen will play a key part in getting the hydrogen economy off to a good start. That is why we are determined to develop the infrastructure required for both the import and distribution of green hydrogen and for the producers and users of the blue hydrogen supplied by the H-vision network. We look forward to the challenge of connecting a range of different companies – each with its own requirements – to the same infrastructure. And we see it as our reward that we will be able to help our clients achieve their sustainability and climate goals, as well as become a part of the future’s new value chains.’
Managing Director Deltalinqs
‘The H-vision project is a prime example of our unique strength: to take the initiative and bring different companies in Rotterdam’s port and industrial area together. This project also has huge potential, since it allows the industrial sector to take the lead in developing a practical solution for the short-term reduction of our collective carbon emissions. And down the road, the projected hydrogen chain and the associated infrastructure will also make it easier to incorporate green hydrogen in the energy system. H-vision is marked by two important qualities, in other words: it can swiftly reduce carbon emissions, while simultaneously accelerating the energy transition – paving the way for a future green hydrogen economy.’
CEO ONYX-Power Rotterdam
‘ONYX-Power is a new power company owned by a seasoned American private equity firm. We manage a rapidly expanding portfolio in the energy sector. We believe that efficient, safely managed, thermal power plants will contribute to the European energy transition by enabling the reliable supply of power that is both readily available and affordable. We view hydrogen as one of the most important energy carriers for the future, including for the production of electric power. That is why we are participating in the H-vision project.’
CEO Port of Rotterdam
'H-vision’s hydrogen network offers Rotterdam’s industrial sector an efficient and substantial solution for cutting back its carbon emissions. This is important for our industry, but also for the Netherlands as a whole. With over 385,000 jobs, the port of Rotterdam is a major employer in the Netherlands. It is also responsible for over 6% of the Dutch GDP. We now have the task to mitigating climate change while simultaneously maintaining our existing prosperity. In addition, we need to protect our international market position. H-vision presents a major solution for this challenging combination.’
Managing Director Uniper Benelux
‘At Uniper, we are committed to increasing sustainability, and we plan to be carbon-neutral by 2035. The development of new technologies is crucial to this endeavour. We believe that hydrogen – both blue and green – will play an important part in future developments. The situation of our site, the proximity of process industry and existing and new infrastructure and the potential for new synergies make our Maasvlakte location exceptionally suited to hydrogen production. That is why we have joined the H-vision initiative as a partner.’
VP Equinor Low Carbon Solutions
'At Equinor, we work very hard to reduce the carbon emissions of Norwegian natural gas throughout the chain – be it in production, transport or consumption. We have set ambitious targets for our company, and we aim to be fully carbon-neutral by 2050. Hydrogen forms the most interesting solution for tackling the problem of carbon emissions during consumption. When natural gas is converted into hydrogen, the CO2 by-product can be captured and stored in the seabed. In Norway, we already have years of experience with this form of CCS. We believe that hydrogen will be a key part of a clean energy mix, and large-scale hydrogen projects like H-vision will allow us to make great strides in this area. Equinor is involved in a number of hydrogen projects in the UK and the European mainland. H-vision’s objectives aligns seamlessly with our own perspective on a climate-neutral future, which is why we are working together with other partners in this alliance to give this project a healthy future.’
Jan Willem van Hoogstraten
CEO EBN BV
EBN has a 40% participation in all oil and gas extraction in the Netherlands. From this position, it feels responsible as a public party for improving sustainability within the existing value chain – with particular focus on natural gas. First and foremost, this means that we need to invest on a national scale in reducing energy consumption, improving the efficiency of various processes and accelerating the utilisation of sustainable sources of energy. EBN contributes to these goals by promoting the accelerated implementation of geothermal solutions on the basis of our knowledge of the subsoil and experience with public-private partnerships. In addition, EBN is exploring opportunities to contribute to the stepping up of green gas production and the realisation of a hydrogen system that possibly includes the storage of hydrogen in depleted gas reservoirs. Still: even combined, these options will not allow us to reduce our carbon emissions quickly enough – particularly if the target for 2030 is raised to 55%. That is why EBN is also championing the development of CCUS – through the Porthos project, among other initiatives – and the optimal use of offshore assets to roll out CCS. In this context, H-vision is also a very important project for the Netherlands – firstly because it enables a sizeable reduction of carbon emissions in the industrial sector; secondly (albeit maybe in the slightly longer term) because the project can contribute to the realisation of a hydrogen system in Rotterdam’s port area that can eventually be used to distribute both green and blue hydrogen.
Jan Willem van Hoogstraten
Managing Business Development Hydrogen Gasunie
'A substantial share of our future energy supply will consist of gases from renewable sources. We believe that hydrogen will play an important role in this development. Hydrogen can be transported and stored very efficiently using the existing infrastructure. With the national coverage of its hydrogen network, Gasunie will be able to connect a range of producers and users. To already reduce our carbon emissions in the near future, we can start by using blue hydrogen. Simultaneously we will be working on the development of large-scale hydrogen production from renewable sources. As a trailblazing blue hydrogen project, H-vision is an important builder of new bridges.’
Managing Director Air Liguide Industrie BV
'It is Air Liquide's ambition to be a leader in the sustainability and production of industrial gases and thus to contribute to the realization of the climate goals. At the end of November 2018, Air Liquide announced its ambition and goals for 2025. With a global approach, the group takes active measures to achieve the climate goals with sustainable, low-carbon solutions. Participation in the H-vision project fits in seamlessly with this.'