HyNetherlands to produce e-methanol from green hydrogen and non-recyclable waste

One of Europe’s first large-scale renewable power-to-e-methanol value chains to generate clean energy while supporting a circular economy. Our hydrogen experts completed the site’s functional specifications and are supporting the tendering phase.

HyNetherlands, located at Eemshaven in the Dutch province of Groningen, is slated to play a key role in Europe’s fight against climate change. A portion of the site’s hydrogen will be used to produce e-methanol, a sustainable fossil fuel alternative, by combining renewable hydrogen and biogenic CO₂ derived from the thermal recovery of non-recyclable waste.

Our hydrogen experts supported client ENGIE on this ambitious project by providing services towards optimization of the facility design to satisfy functional requirements at the lowest lifecycle costs and developing the functional specifications for tendering. Next, Tractebel will assist with the tendering process for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase. Our multidisciplinary experts were initially called upon by ENGIE in 2019 to perform the feasibility study for a 100 MW green hydrogen plant, the first phase of the GW-scale HyNetherlands project.

New partnership to enable e-methanol fuel production
Client ENGIE partnered with OCI, Europe’s largest methanol producer, and EEW, a leading company in the production of electricity and heat from the thermal recovery of waste, in May 2022The partnership will enable the production of e-methanol by combining renewable hydrogen and biogenic CO. The e-methanol will initially be used in maritime applications. Both hydrogen and e-methanol are sustainable, high-performance energy sources, whose large-scale distribution throughout the Netherlands and Europe is expected to contribute dramatically to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

Growing the hydrogen economy 
HyNetherlands is among the first renewable energy value chains of this magnitude to be developed in Europe. The hydrogen will contribute to decarbonizing the mobility sector, such as buses, trucks and trains. For example, hydrogen fuel cells will replace diesel in the northern Netherlands’ passenger rail network. By 2030, the energy is earmarked for wider use, including steel production and the chemical industry.  

Producing and storing green hydrogen 
The site will derive electricity for hydrogen production from nearby renewable power sources such as offshore wind. The commercial operation date (COD) of the first 100 MW is planned for 2025 and HyNetherlands is expected to be scaled up to GW capacity by the early 2030s. Plans are in place to store energy for use when renewable sources like wind are not producing sufficient electricity: hydrogen can be stored in the grid or in salt caverns in Zuidwending, Groningen. 

HyNetherlands project roadmap

Our team is proud to be a part of such an innovative, impactful project. Harnessing energy from green hydrogen on a GW-scale can significantly reduce emissions in the maritime, transport and industrial sectorsProjects like HyNetherlands are the future, as they are key to reaching global decarbonization targets.  

Johan Claeys, Project Management Leader – Green Fuels