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The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has announced that the GROW consortium FlexH2 project was awarded a grant as part of the MOOI-SIGOHE tender scheme. The Shell-led research project FlexH2, which stands for Flexible Offshore Wind Hydrogen Power Plant Module, intends to develop and demonstrate technology that will accelerate the scale-up of offshore wind, green hydrogen production and its integration in the energy system.
Through this grant, the government is contributing € 4 million, the partners are investing about € 5 million in the project. The research project is to start on April 1st 2022 and will last four years. FlexH2 is based on three key technological innovation pillars: (1) a grid-forming offshore wind farm, (2) a high-performance AC/DC solid-state transformer for large-scale electrolysers, and (3) a multi-terminal hybrid HVDC transmission system and its energy system integration. The FlexH2 research project is part of the GROW programme and led by dr. ir. Yin Sun, offshore wind electrical innovation lead at Shell. General Electric, ABB, VONK, Technical Universityof Eindhoven, and Technical University of Delft will develop the electro-technical innovations. Shell, Van Oord, TKF, TNO and DNV will use their expertise related to hydrogen electrolysis, balance of plant, market/flexibility, and key component design, transport and installation expertise, respectively.
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