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Hendré Sijbring runs his arms through the office.
“The ecosystem is crucial for everything to work here,”
he says. “It will only be possible if everyone involved does its part
fold. “Sijbring, at the port administration of Groningen for innovations
responsible, points out the window as if there was something there
understand. But there is only the North Sea, wadden sea gray, in the distance
 couple of wind turbines.

It is still worth listening to Sijbring. What he describes sounds like a utopia, albeit one that more and more politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs in Germany rave about. In the north of the Netherlands
it is already becoming a reality: the first hydrogen economy in the
World. For a long time, many in Europe have agreed that it is
this utopia does not need to fight climate change
having to declare hopeless beforehand.

The hydrogen forms the missing piece of the puzzle in one
Economy in which most of the energy produced comes from
come from renewable sources, while industry and private customers
want to continue to be reliably supplied. That does not work
without energy storage. And forms this store the one in hydrogen
converted electricity
.

Search for new earnings

So far the utopia. So far, the catch is the price. The
Converting electricity into hydrogen costs so much energy that that
Product is significantly more expensive than most would be willing to
numbers. State of the debate in Germany: Somehow many find it
Idea of ​​the hydrogen economy well – and suspect that by then
will need a little bit of money. But whether that’s the auto industry
Chemical companies, energy providers, all or no subsidies
should get, that’s why wrestling. Maybe a gentleman should
Call Sijbring.

He opens his silver briefcase to unite from utopia
to make concrete plan. Takes paper and pen, paints strokes and
Circles until a map of the northernmost Dutch provinces
Groningen and Drenthe are created. On the right the mouth of the Ems, next to it
Germany, above the West Frisian Islands, below the coastline
and in the middle the city of Groningen. “There is where we are
the first major consumer of hydrogen, the chemical industry, “says
Sijbring and makes a thick point on the western bank of the Ems estuary.
 Delfzijl, a port that in the 1960s from scratch
was created. Like so much around here.


This article comes from the “WirtschaftsWoche”.

Because the decisive reason for that is the region
in order to become the test field for the economy of tomorrow lies in
of their past. In 1959, the Sl Lochen gas field was discovered,
the largest gas deposit Europe. The area has been around for decades
Exceptionally well lived from the proceeds, thanks to Delfzijl
cheap and always available natural gas one of the most important
Chemical industry locations in the country.

A storage for the hydrogen

But the glorious times have come to an end, which has been trembling for several years
the earth more and more often when the gas is extracted. And so they have
fixed: 2030 is finally over. Until then, the funding
already shut down significantly. As a result, the lavish profits fall
away from which they find modern schools, universities, libraries and here
 Have built swimming pools. On the one hand. On the other hand, it suddenly says
 a pipeline system partially empty, covering all of the region’s industrial sites
 and these in turn with Rotterdam, the Ruhr area, Hamburg and Bremen
connects. A piping system “that is suitable without modifications,
Transporting hydrogen, “says Henk Abbing.

Abbing works for the Dutch state-owned company Gasunie, which once worked with Exxon Mobil has produced Dutch natural gas and since the beginning of the
The nineties operated the gas network in the region as well as pipelines
Great Britain and in northern Germany. Most geopolitical too
highly controversial Northstream project, the gas from Russia through the
Brings the Baltic Sea to Germany, the house is involved. Abbing stands for
 the friendlier part of the shops in the monkey rock, like in
Groningen christened the eye-catching company headquarters in the south of the city
to have. “My job is to get the hydrogen economy going,”
says Abbing. Gasunie has already taken a first step in this
completed last year: the HyStock storage facility opened in autumn,
the first storage area that was built only for hydrogen. She has
only a capacity of one megawatt is taken on its own
So hardly worth mentioning. But Abbing is concerned with the sign, that of it
goes out: “The special thing here in the region is that we are not just about
speak green hydrogen, but in all necessary places
at the same time take the steps to create the ecosystem. “

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