Nel wins contract of offshore hydrogen platform

Norway's Nel is hired to supply an electrolysis system for the world's first offshore hydrogen platform to be located off the coast the Netherlands.

Photo: Neptune Energy

Norwegian hydrogen company Nel has added yet another contract to its late-year order book. This time entails a deal to supply an electrolysis system to the world's first offshore hydrogen platform to be located in off the coast of the Haag.

The project goes by the name of Poshydon and is being launched by Nexstep, a joint initiative formed by Dutch state-owned gas exploration and production group Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and the domestic oil and gas industry. The partnership is reportedly mainly focused on promoting recycling components from decommissioned Dutch fossil energy infrastructure.

Poshydon seeks to integrate three energy technologies – offshore wind, natural gas and hydrogen – on a single platform. Nel's electrolysis system will be placed in a maritime container and be installed at power Neptune Energy's Q13a-A-platform located roughly 13 kilometers from shore.

The electricity used to power the electrolysis process for converting demineralized water into H2 will be supplied by offshore wind turbines.

According to Nel, the project is also meant to provide insights on integrating multiple energy systems to make hydrogen at sea.

The pilot project is set to commence in late 2021, Nel says.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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