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Hollandse Kust Noord hydrogen energy storage has witnessed a purchase of Ballard fuel cell system by Shell & Eneco
By Sea and Coast | 24/01/2023
Cross wind , a renowned joint partnership between Shell and Eneco and the developer of the Hollandse Just Noord (HKN) offshore wind project in the Netherlands, has purchased a fuel cell system from Canadian company Ballard Power Systems to implement it into the offshore wind farm, which will utilised water electrolysis to convert wind power into green hydrogen for energy storage.
This 759 MW offshore wind farm is presently being built up, and later on will be able to produce at least 3.3 TWh per year. Apart from offshore wind turbines generating electricity and powering Dutch households, Hollandse Kust Noord will also consist of additional energy solutions, including offshore hydrogen production and power generation from floating solar panels.
Green hydrogen is implem6 as a segment of the project for energy storage. A containerised fuel cell power solution with a maximum power capacity of 1 MW will be provided by Ballard by 2024.
Maria Kalogera, Crosswind’s Innovation Manager, said: “In CrossWind, we are committed to demonstrate baseload power on a megawatt scale for a single full-scale wind turbine generator. We will introduce, for the first time, an offshore combination of battery storage and round-trip hydrogen integrated in an offshore wind farm”.
According to Ballard it is a second stationary power project stationed in Europe for peak shaving power generation implementations.
“Hydrogen plays a critical role to support the energy transition. This project is an exciting proof point on how hydrogen and PEM fuel cells can provide an effective storage, load-following and firming solution for intermittent renewables. We are excited to be a part of this milestone demonstration project with CrossWind to prove out the reliability and efficiency of Ballard fuel cells, initially at megawatt scale”, said Søren Østergaard Hansen, General Manager, Marine and Stationary, Ballard Power Systems Europe.
Shell has also started its function on a  hydrogen project with huge potential in the port of Rotterdam, which involves a 200 MW electrolysis plant also using electricity produced by Hollandse Kust Noord to produce green hydrogen. Hydrogen for industry and the transport sector will be provided by this plant.
The electrolysis plant will be set up on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam and will generate up to 60,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day. The hydrogen will  be transported through the TransPort pipeline, which will form a part of the Netherlands hydrogen infrastructure, with a length of approximately 40 kilometres that will transcend  from the plant to Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, where it will restore some of the grey hydrogen usage in the refinery.