Practical information

Date: Tuesday, 21 January
Time: 16:00 – 17:30h
Location: Room 0029, Energy Academy Europe (Nijenborgh 6)

This Energy Learning Activity is also part of the NNOW Offshore Wind course.

The Northern Netherlands is uniquely positioned to develop a green hydrogen economy because of its large-scale green electricity production (especially offshore wind), its knowledge infrastructure, its large-scale chemical cluster, its importation of green electricity and its existing gas infrastructure, which can be retrofitted easily and cheaply to transport green hydrogen.

  • Get to know the ins and outs of the Green Hydrogen Economy
  • Learn more about the link between offshore wind energy and hydrogen
  • Examples of large-scale green hydrogen production

The most important projects to kick start the green hydrogen economy are the large-scale production of green hydrogen from green energy (mainly offshore wind, hydropower and biomass) together with a pipeline transport infrastructure to an industrial offtake cluster in Delfzijl and Rotterdam, Limburg and Germany. The hydrogen is then used as a feedstock in the (petro)chemical industry.

Markets for hydrogen as a fuel for transportation, together with the hydrogen fueling infrastructure, needs to be developed in a second phase.

Third, markets for power balancing can be developed, both on a large scale via the Magnum power plant which will be fuelled by ammonia-hydrogen and on a local scale via solar-hydrogen smart areas.


Ad van Wijk is part-time Professor Future Energy Systems at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He also works for KWR Water Research Institute to develop and implement the research program Energy and Water. And he is appointed hydrogen ambassador at the ‘New Energy Coalition’ to realize the green hydrogen economy in the Northern Netherlands. In 1984, van Wijk founded the company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. Econcern developed many new sustainable energy products, services and projects. Examples include the 120 MW offshore wind farm Princess Amalia in the North Sea, several multi-MW solar farms in Spain and a bio-methanol plant in the Netherlands, which is the largest second-generation biomass plant in the world. Van Wijk achieved many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. Amongst others he was Dutch entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and Dutch top-executive in 2008.

This event is a public event organized by the Energy Academy and is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.