In 2021, the Hydrogen Import Coalition was created: 7 big players of the Antwerp harbour collaborate, aiming to establish a renewable hydrogen import value chain in Belgium. Together, they intend to capture half of the CO2 emissions in the port by the end of 2030. With energy security heavily reliant on Russian export of coal, oil, and gas, the emphasis on rolling out national clean energy technologies has accelerated.
Capturing green energy by the Schelde
The Coalition is a project part of the wider Antwerp port plans on carbon capture and storage technology. After completing a feasibility study in 2021, it will go ahead to:
The European Commission announced at the end of 2021 that the coalition was one of the projects selected for grants from the European Innovation Fund. It is one of seven large-scale projects to be awarded more than 1.1 billion euro to get breakthrough technologies off the ground.
The Coalition was subsidized with 9 million euro to make a detailed calculation of the cost of the basic infrastructure needed to enable CO2 capture, storage and, in the long term, reuse by:
Importing renewable energy sources for the future
Belgium is ideally positioned to become a global leader in the hydrogen economy thanks to its extensive network of terminals and pipelines. The focus on renewable energy sources becomes more prominent, with solar and wind energy being key players. Added, hydrogen will play a role in the energy transition and making the Belgian industry sustainable.
The objective is to establish a complete hydrogen import value chain by 2030. By creating ways of local production of green energy, Belgium establishes major opportunities for the future:
Flemish grants encouraging cooperation and innovation
Industry and electricity generation account for almost half of all CO2 emissions in Belgium. Enterprises active in any part of the hydrogen value chain can apply for grants when it comes to:
Enterprises facing renewal and challenges can receive support from experienced consultants at FI Group. With expertise in the field, Flemish projects focused on innovation can look for extra funding to make a difference in the industry:
The big 2022: funding and growing internationally
Now that the study has finished, decisions are made regarding the investment in the project by the end of 2022. The project will be looking for funds on both a European level as a national level.
In the long term, the Port of Antwerp sees the potential to prevent half of the 18 million CO2 emissions per year from escaping into the atmosphere. Initially, the intention is to safely store it underground, but in the long run, reuse:
Flanders is positioned in a way to play a pioneering role in the hydrogen economy at a European level: it has the energy hubs of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, transportation infrastructure, an extensive network of pipelines to those ports and to Germany, and technology companies operating in it. The port has key assets to make it a leading player in the transition towards a durable society:
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