Air Liquide can help strengthen hydrogen cluster in North Sea Port
The European Innovation Fund previously launched a call for large-scale innovative projects around renewable energy and low carbon technologies. Air Liquide has now made the final selection round with its ELYgator project. The group submitted its final application for European support on Wednesday 23 June 2021.
4 million tonnes less CO2 emissions
Air Liquide wants to build an electrolyser with a capacity of 200 MW in Terneuzen. This will enable the company to produce enough renewable hydrogen from sustainable electricity to cancel out as much as 4 million tonnes in CO2 emissions in the first ten years – equivalent to the emissions from 4.4 billion truck kilometres.
The electrolyser will be connected to the group's cross-border pipeline network. Air Liquide has 28 sites and a pipeline network of 2,290 kilometres in the Benelux alone.
North Sea Port anchor for hydrogen economy
The new plant is in line with Air Liquide's own plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. It will also contribute to achieving North Sea Ports aim of creating sustainable economic growth and jobs. The Air Liquide project once again underlines North Sea Ports strong position as an anchor for developing a value chain around hydrogen towards a circular and climate-neutral future.
The hydrogen cluster within North Sea Port is already the largest in the Benelux and one of the most important in Europe. Many companies in the port area have projects under development that will further strengthen this position.