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Alternatives to Groningen gas are expensive, complex and politically sensitive

Printed below is an English translation of an article published by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Louis Hoeks Carel Grol • Economics & Politics: 25 JAN 2018

Since the earthquake at Zeerijp earlier this month everyone in politics The Hague agrees that the Netherlands should stop accelerating the use of Groningen gas. But good intentions come up against the unruly reality.

The five biggest obstacles in a row.

1. Gasless homes

Today the House is talking about a bill from Liesbeth van Tongeren (GroenLinks) to remove the obligation to connect new homes to the gas grid. The Cabinet also wants the gas connection obligation to be replaced by a heat law and that in 2021 approximately 50,000 new homes will be delivered by nature without natural gas.

However, those new houses are small beer. The pain is in the existing building: about 96% of the 7.7 million Dutch homes are currently dependent on gas for heating. There are no hard figures about the costs, says a spokesperson for Vereniging Eigen Huis. But it is certain that it will be a billion-dollar job. read more

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Shell and ITM power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany

Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

Companies come together to develop large-scale hydrogen production project

The world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant is set to be built in Germany. The plant will be built at a refinery in Rhineland, Germany, by ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, and Shell. The two companies will also be working with SINTEF, thinkstep, and Element Energy to develop the new electrolysis plant. The project has received some $10 million in funding from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, adding onto another $10 million in investments the project had already attracted. read more

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Shift to Hydrogen Could Meet 20% of World Energy Needs by 2050

Shell, Statoil and BMW among companies urging support for fuel

Transition requires investment of up to $25 billion a year

The most abundant element may supply almost a fifth of global energy by 2050 and eliminate enough emissions to cancel out all the pollution in the U.S., according to a group of industrial companies from Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Toyota Motor Corp. FULL ARTICLE

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