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BayWa r.e. is ramping up efforts to explore the potential of hydrogen for cutting carbon emissions with its SinneWetterstof Hydrogen Pilot Project in the Netherlands.

BayWa r.e. and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven are partnering with Netherlands-based network company Alliander on the project, which was launched in autumn 2020. The project partners have recently finalised their cooperation agreements and have now started preparations for the construction and commissioning of the hydrogen system.

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The project will see solar energy from a 50MWp solar farm converted into green hydrogen with an electrolyser in times of overproduction and stored locally in a sustainable way, so it is not lost. Furthermore, the project will test the extent to which a hydrogen electrolyser can follow the generation profile of a solar plant and, in so doing, measure how its flexible load can solve grid congestion issues.

The construction is expected to be completed by the end of August and fully operational by late 2021.

Willem de Vries, project manager at GroenLeven, explains: “In addition to the fact that this project will give us valuable insights into the usage of green hydrogen as a storable form of renewable energy, it also allows us to look at how the electrolyser can adapt to the constantly changing generation from the solar park. We look forward to learning more about the capabilities of such an installation.”

To maximise the value of this project, BayWa r.e. has signed an agreement with Orangegas, supplier of green fuels throughout the Netherlands, for the purchase of the green hydrogen from the SinneWetterstof project. Orangegas will distribute the hydrogen to various filling stations throughout the Netherlands.

Manfred Groh, Strategy Manager, Corporate Strategy, Energy Policy & Sustainability, at BayWa r.e., commented: “The smart deployment of electrolysers can help reduce the need to invest in new grid connections or extensions. This will further enable the installation of more renewable plants in Europe. Economies of scale in solar and wind generation are crucial for lowest cost power supply for electrolysis. Now is the time to invest and drive forward green technologies that have the potential to deliver a long-term and sustainable future.”