Grant awarded for industrial-scale offshore wind to green hydrogen/ammonia project

Grant awarded for industrial-scale offshore wind to green hydrogen/ammonia project

OFFSET will use electricity generated by an offshore wind farm to produce green hydrogen and ammonia, based on the proven concept of floating production and offloading vessel (FPSO).

The project was chosen for a grant under the p(Mission-driven Research and Development) or ‘MOOI‘ scheme by the RVO, which is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Netherlands.

The OFFSET project’s goal is to demonstrate cost savings in the production of green fuels and boost the competitiveness of hydrogen and ammonia as green fuels. Energy companies, windfarm operators and developers, as well as energy-intensive industry sectors as potential future off-takers, will be actively involved in the consortium.

The partners hope to develop a floating hydrogen and/or ammonia production and storage facility that will be linked to a wind farm by 2027 as part of the project scope. The produced hydrogen will be transported to shore via existing oil and gas pipelines. Shuttle tankers will transport the ammonia to end users.

SwitcH2 is the project developer and will oversee the entire programme. BW Offshore will concentrate on the design of the topside arrangement, hull, and mooring system. TU Delft will lead research into the direct use of seawater in the electrolysis process, as well as develop a robust seawater electrolysis process using improved electrocatalysts. Strohm will supply its own non-corrosive thermoplastic composite pipe technology for hydrogen storage and offloading.

The project partners stated that they want to address some of the issues associated with industrial-scale green hydrogen production, such as intermittent energy supplies and the need for a high-quality water supply for the electrolysis process.

 “A floating facility, using seawater as the feedstock for the electrolysis process, would support the production of electricity at the right moment and right location, and produce offshore green hydrogen or ammonia,” they said.

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