Nouryon and Gasunie are exploring an expansion in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, of a planned green hydrogen unit. The feasibility study follows an agreement to convert sustainable electricity to green hydrogen for SkyNRG. The plant could be scaled from 20 megawatts to at least 60 megawatts–allowing 9,000 tons of green hydrogen to be converted annually.
SkyNRG, the global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel, recently announced plans with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, fuels distributor SHV Energy and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to build Europe’s first dedicated production facility for sustainable aviation fuel at Delfzijl. Green hydrogen would be combined with waste and residue streams such as used cooking oil to produce 100,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year.
Flying with sustainable aviation fuel delivers a reduction in CO2 emissions of at least 85% compared to conventional kerosene. It also results in lower ultra-fine particles and sulfur emissions. The output of the Delfzijl fuels unit would be equivalent to an annual reduction of 270,000 tons of CO2 1).
Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director Industrial Chemicals at Nouryon said: “Green hydrogen is a sustainable alternative to fossil-based raw materials and makes new forms of green chemistry possible – relevant for many markets in which we operate. This project is an important step in scaling up the electrolysis technology and supports long-term growth in the market for sustainably produced hydrogen.”
Gerard van Pijkeren, Managing Director at Gasunie New Energy, added: “Hydrogen plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. Also for aviation because it is used as feedstock for the production of sustainable kerosene. With the first Dutch electrolyser of 1 megawatt, at Zuidwending, in the province of Groningen, we have started the use of sustainable produced hydrogen. The plans for a 20 megawatt electrolyser – as we are currently developing with Nouryon in Delfzijl – already being scaled up, confirms the fast growing need for hydrogen and for hydrogen transport and storage. We’re developing this infrastructure together with our partners. This enables hydrogen to be used on a larger scale in the production of sustainable kerosene.”