The Q13a-A is the first fully electrified platform in the Dutch North Sea, located approximately 13 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen (The Hague)
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has awarded a subsidy of 3.6 million euro to the PosHYdon project.
PosHYdon is the world's first offshore green hydrogen pilot on a working platform. With this subsidy the consortium can start up all activities for this pilot. The remaining budget will be funded by the consortium partners.
Electricity generated by offshore wind turbines will be used to power the hydrogen plant on the Q13a-A platform, converting seawater into demineralized water, then into hydrogen via electrolysis. The Q13a-A is the first fully electrified platform in the Dutch North Sea, located approximately 13 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen (The Hague).
In addition, in this project the efficiency of an electrolyser with a variable supply from offshore wind will be tested, and at the same time knowledge and insights on the costs for the offshore installation as well as maintenance costs will be obtained.
Analyst Comment: PosHYdon will teach us a lot about the next steps that need to be taken towards safe, large-scale green hydrogen production at sea. Offshore green hydrogen production will enable large-scale wind farms to be developed far out at sea. As a result, offshore wind projects can be realized faster at significantly lower costs for society. The aim of the pilot is to gain experience of integrating working energy systems at sea and the production of hydrogen in an offshore environment.