Gasunie accelerates the transition to a CO2-neutral energy supply. The subject of decarbonisation in the energy industry is becoming a more and more urgent subject, especially when considering the Paris climate agreement. We have therefore incorporated this theme as part of our strategy. When it comes to topics such as "system integration and flexibility", "renewable gases", "transport and CO2 storage" and "gas for mobility and transport", Gasunie is well-positioned thanks to our knowledge, experience and facilities. In order to remain our position we founded Gasunie New Energy back in 2014. This is a business unit dedicated to develop innovative and sustainable energy solutions
Gasunie´s first hydrogen project at Zuidwending is currently being build
The future of hydrogen starts today - at Gasunie
In April 2017, the starting signal for an important future energy project has been given. HyStock, is a project committed to demonstrate the sustainable gas infrastructure performance. Green electricity is transformed into green hydrogen. the first power-to-gas plant is built in the Netherlands by Gasunie. This plant has a capacity of more than one megawatt. The location of this new plant is at Gasunie's underground storage in Zuidwending (the province of Groningen), about 25 kilometers from the German border.
A location where everything fits
Zuidwending, with its direct connection to the gas storage facility, is ideal because of the available storage capacity. Zuidwending has so called salt caverns located 1000 meters underground. This location is furthermore ideal because it is well connected to the existing infrastructure. To generate hydrogen, 5000 solar panels are installed on the premises.
The HyStock pilot project was finished in the summer of 2017. Results of the pilot led to the final investment decision, which marks the decisive step in the direction of developing a large-scale-power-to-gas technology. it opens the door to a hydrogen hub for Northwestern Europe. Large amounts of green electricity - wind energy from Germany and Denmark and solar electricity from the Netherlands - can be converted to hydrogen in the future, stored and then fed into the natural gas transport network when the energy is needed. The hydrogen can also be used immediately for industrial purposes or for the transport and mobility sector. Besides, production of artificial methane - by adding CO2 to the hydrogen, is an option.
Hydrogen as a solution for the energy transition
Production of wind energy will increase the coming years significantly, leading to a decrease of conventional energy sources. However, since, wind and solar energy are subjected to large fluctuations in production, providing a stable supply can cause problems. The difference in production and demand of green energy can be solved with the power-to-gas technology.
Biogas also contributes to the green gas infrastructure
The idea of networking not only plays a role in hydrogen or artificial methane, but also in biogas. In Twente, the Netherlands, Gasunie has developed a green gas hub with partners. The idea is to connect several biogas producers via a loop to enable the joint use of a central plant in Almelo. The plant in Almelo processes the received biogas in order to reach the same quality level as natural gas. Several green hubs, like the one in Almelo are being built to replace part of the traditional natural gas supply.