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    Gasunie Launches Green Hydrogen Plant

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The company hopes to have the Dutch gas network ready to store and transport hydrogen by 2030.

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Gasunie Launches Green Hydrogen Plant

Dutch gas network operator Gasunie opened the HyStock green hydrogen plant near Groningen June 26.

The plant is the first step in creating a hydrogen supply chain of the future, which will see green energy converted, stored and transported to customers, the company claimed in a statement. That is a key, specific measure that will help make the Netherlands sustainable and carbon-neutral, it added.

HyStock converts sustainable electricity to green hydrogen. It is the first to apply this process on a serious scale, Gasunie’s statement contends.

The company aims to achieve large-scale and profitable storage of hydrogen in the company's EnergyStock underground gas storage facilities in the near future. The hydrogen can then be used as a sustainable source of energy, including when solar and wind energy are unavailable.

“Hydrogen is a key element of the energy supply of the future,” noted Gasunie CEO Han Fennema, Gasunie's CEO. “We will be able to make part of our existing infrastructure suitable for the transport and storage of hydrogen by 2030. This sustainable reuse of the existing gas network will help to keep our energy supply reliable and affordable.”

Large-scale transport and storage of hydrogen is expected to be easy, reliable and affordable, Gasunie’s statement continues, and it therefore expects the fuel to play a key role in the energy transition.

“Converting electricity into hydrogen is a way of using the expected future surpluses of sustainable electricity,” the statement adds.