Mayor of Rotterdam: “We are on the way to a sustainable, circular city economy”

Produced without carbon emissions, hydrogen will find use in many sectors of a future “hydrogen economy”.

Its high energy intensity can make it the basis of fuels that reduce carbon emissions in the ‘hard to abate’ transportation and industrial sectors. Its unmatched capacity to store energy long term and seasonally should make it an indispensable energy carrier in power systems reliant on intermittent sources of renewable energy, reports

Industrial ports will be places where the carbon-free hydrogen economy first comes together in a complete system. Among the leaders is the Port of Rotterdam. They are taking significant fist steps to becoming Europe’s “hydrogen hub” and one of the most advanced centers of green hydrogen production in the world.

Ahmed Aboutaleb, mayor of Rotterdam said: “Hydrogen is our next step, the new game changer. We are on the way to a sustainable, circular city economy”.

Rotterdam is already a major energy import and production hub. The port has over 100 industrial companies with a large refining and petrochemicals cluster. Its energy business includes petroleum, coal, natural gas, biomass, steam and heat. It also hosts significant wind energy and solar energy resources. The port is the main energy transfer point to the rest of Northwest Europe, especially to Germany by ship and pipeline.

Allard Castelein, President & CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The port’s energy and fuel system will be completely overhauled in the next 30 years. A ‘hydrogen backbone’ will be built through the port area to realize a circular system”.

The work will require new infrastructure for new value chains. Current planning encompasses production (blue and green), pipeline infrastructure, import, storage, transit, and a trading platform. Multiple users are foreseen industry, road transport and inland navigation.

“In this way, we aim to get a vast green production of hydrogen by the end of this decade,” Castelein said.

The Port is working with government on regulations and subsidies and with coalitions of companies in all parts of the system. It seeks public-private partnerships. Photo David Mark/Pixabay