Four new hydrogen refueling stations, two in the Amsterdam region, one in The Hague and one in Pesse (Drenthe), mark the beginning of Shell’s plan to establish a network of hydrogen filling stations in the Netherlands. The intention is that hydrogen will be available at these four stations by the beginning of 2020 at the latest.
Shell will take an active role in the transition of the Dutch energy system, explained Marjan van Loon, CEO of Shell Netherlands. She is supported by Oliver Bishop, General Manager Hydrogen at Shell who commented on the benefits of hydrogen fuel:
“The advantages of hydrogen-electric driving are the range and the fact that a hydrogen tank can be fully refuelled within five minutes. The only residual hydrogen-powered product is water vapour from the exhaust, contributing significantly to better air quality. And if the hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar energy, it is even CO2 -neutral across the entire chain.”
Shell uses the Demonstration Scheme for Climate Technologies and Innovations in Transport (DKTI Transport) of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for the roll-out of hydrogen stations. Through this scheme, companies, knowledge institutions and non-governmental organizations can apply for a subsidy for transport solutions with low or no CO2 emissions.
Shell’s hydrogen stations are part of the extensive hydrogen project H2Benelux. This project is co-financed by the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ of the European Union. Oliver Bishop: “We are happy with the cooperation with other companies and governments. In Germany you can see how successful this can be. Here companies work together with the government on a network of four hundred hydrogen stations by the end of 2023, of which 230 will be Shell. And successful partnerships in the United Kingdom, Canada and California lead to the rollout of hydrogen station networks.”