Green hydrogen is hydrogen that was produced with renewable energy. It will play a decisive role in the energy transition. Port of Antwerp-Bruges intends to take up a leading position as a European import hub for green hydrogen and play an active and pioneering role in the hydrogen economy.

Essential role in the energy transition

The climate objective to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels is a major challenge and requires a large-scale switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Not only for our electricity needs, but also for heating, transport and raw materials.

 

Where will we get this renewable energy from? And how will we get it where and when we need it? It is clear that solar and wind must become the renewable energy sources of the future. However, in Belgium and Western Europe, there is not enough wind or solar energy available, while other regions have sun and wind, as well as space, in abundance.

 

The solution? Importing renewable energy from these regions. Hydrogen and molecules derived from it, such as ammonia and methanol, the so-called hydrogen carriers, offer the solution because they make it possible to transport large volumes long-distance. Our region clearly has the right assets to become a leader in this field. Above all, our ports, which are ideal hubs for hydrogen with their maritime connections, infrastructure, industrial companies and hinterland connections.

Hydrogen Import Coalition

Because the hydrogen chain is complex, we have joined forces with five major industrial players and public stakeholders, each with their own expertise. Together with Deme, Engie, Exmar, Fluxys and WaterstofNet, we are the hydrogen import coalition and focus on concrete projects that shape the production, transport and storage of hydrogen.

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Hydrotug: the first hydrogen-powered tug in the world

We are also using hydrogen for the greening of our own fleet. One example of this is a hydrogen-powered tugboat. The internal combustion engines that drive this ‘Hydrotug’ run on hydrogen in combination with diesel and comply with the most stringent emission efficiency standard, the EU Stage V.

 

The Hydrotug is the world's first tugboat powered using this innovative technology. This ultra low-emission tugboat, which is currently under construction, is the result of a collaboration with Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a pioneer in the use of hydrogen in shipping.

Innovatie is de hefboom richting een duurzame toekomst voor industrie, economie en omgeving. Zo is Port of Antwerp-Bruges een lanceerplatform voor nieuwe producten en oplossingen die de wereld leefbaar en duurzaam houden. Samen met andere bedrijven neemt Port of Antwerp-Bruges maatregelen om vervuiling van lucht, water en bodem te verminderen.

Green hydrogen

Port of Antwerp-Bruges will also play a key role in the production of green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is hydrogen that was produced with renewable energy. The presence of wind farms and natural gas infrastructure make Zeebrugge the ideal location for the construction of a plant for the production of green hydrogen. Fluxys and Eoly will build this plant to produce green hydrogen in Zeebrugge starting in 2023

 

We also see an initial role for blue hydrogen - produced from fossil natural gas and capturing the CO2 - as a stepping stone to green hydrogen.

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We are giving hydrogen every opportunity as an energy carrier and fuel and are therefore committing ourselves as an active pioneer in the hydrogen economy. The ecosystem of our port platform forms an ideal, large-scale testing ground.

Jacques VandermeirenCEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges
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