Zeeland Waterstofland develops innovative and flexible distribution system for green hydrogen

30 January 2023

For the energy transition, industry is gradually gearing up for large capacities of green hydrogen generation (by electrolysis), which will be distributed mainly through the hydrogen backbone grid, in the future. An economically attractive flexible green hydrogen distribution system for small generators (electrolyzers) and for consumption by many small businesses, is urgently needed. Similar functionality like the current mature distribution of fossil fuels (which is a proven infrastructure), is required.

Lead partner Vitrite Middelburg with Blue H Engineering, VoltH2, Yerseke Engine Service (YES), and Impuls Zeeland, develops such a flexible distribution system (hydrogen swapping tank-container) for the distribution of green hydrogen earlier than everybody will be connected to the hydrogen backbone grid and especially for SMEs who will generate and will consume. This project, named Zeeland Hydrogen land, is funded by the REACT-EU program and honored by the Province of Zeeland.

The innovative project tackles barriers, like:

No availability of flexible, economically attractive distribution units (for transportation and storage) for the range of 350-750 kg of green hydrogen supply. 

No availability of a quick and safe connection method to load and unload at hydrogen terminals. Also, when highest safety levels are required.

No availability of an economic distribution to hydrogen refilling stations (roads), and in future for bunker stations (waterways), and airports, and as a clean fuel for inland waterway shipping (propulsion) and for smart heat and power supply for buildings and homes.

Locked market, controlled by the main industrial gasses’ suppliers.

The project performs and demonstrates

Development, testing and validation of technical tools and socio-economic models (business cases) for the implementation of the green hydrogen swapping tank-container system and the demonstration of its flexible distribution method.

All to increase the adoption and implementation of the distribution of zero carbon fuel and/or green building block, with high impact potential.