Hydrogen supplier HYGRO, wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey and research institute ECN plan to install a hydrogen wind turbine in the Netherlands in 2019. The wind turbine will be producing hydrogen for the Duwaal project, an initiative of a wind-ranging consortium in the North Holland region led by HYGRO.
The consortium’s aim is to implement the chain of sustainable hydrogen production, distribution to at least 5 hydrogen fuel stations and 100 hydrogen trucks simultaneously. A 4.8MW Lagerwey wind turbine will be converted to allow it to incorporate electrolysis technology. The hydrogen wind turbine will be installed at ECN’s wind turbine testing field in Wieringerwerf. In the future, wind turbines will ideally be connected up to a hydrogen gas network rather than an electricity grid. Transporting hydrogen by pipeline is significantly cheaper than transporting electricity by cable. Furthermore, pipelines serve as an inherent buffer, as a result of which significantly less harmonisation of supply and demand is required.