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Shell’s supersize hydrogen plant sparks hope of green revolution

Shell has begun building Europe’s largest “green” hydrogen plant that will use electricity from an offshore wind farm to produce the clean-burning fuel.

The oil and gas group said it had taken the final investment decision on the 200 megawatt electrolyser in the port of Rotterdam and expected the plant to start operating in 2025.

Shell said the capacity of the plant was equivalent to roughly two thirds of all electrolyser capacity in operation globally today. The new facility will use electricity from the Hollandse Kust (Noord) offshore wind farm that Shell is jointly building about ten nautical miles off the coast of the Netherlands.

The plant will use electrolysis to split water into its constituent parts, producing up to 60 tonnes of hydrogen a…

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