Nel has announced that the company has become a partner in the Poshydon project, established by a Dutch consortium that provides the world’s first offshore hydrogen platform. Nel will supply a 1.25 MW electrolysis plant that will be able to produce half a tonne of green hydrogen a day.
“Nel sees hydrogen production from offshore wind as a future key market with enormous growth potential over the next five to ten years, and we are very excited to be part of this groundbreaking project, which will illustrate the potential of our PEM technology for use in this way,” Says Filip Smeets, head of Nels electrolysis division, in the announcement.
The Poshydon project integrates three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas and offshore hydrogen. Netptune Energy’s Q13a-A platform is the first fully electric platform in the Dutch North Sea and is located approximately 13 kilometers off the coast of Schevening. With a grant of 3.6 million euros from DEI +, the pilot project can be started. The remaining part required is funded by the consortium partners.
A green hydrogen plant is installed on the platform, which converts seawater into demineralized water. This water is then converted to green hydrogen by electrolysis. The purpose of the pilot project is to gain experience in integrating energy systems to and from the sea and the production of green hydrogen in an offshore environment.
Read Nel’s press release here.