HyChain – Energy Carriers and Hydrogen Supply Chain

  • Status
  • Start date
    January 5, 2018
  • Runtime
    36 months
  • Contact
    Carol Xiao
  • Project leader
  • Sebastiaan Hers
  • TNO

Hydrogen plays an important role in the future renewable energy systems. In a large scale sustainable energy system green hydrogen, produced by electrolysis of water, is a crucial element. The HyChain project is focused on a strategic understanding of the drivers behind global emergence of future renewable hydrogen value chains. HyChain is part of the Hydrohub Innovation Program

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Large-scale affordable production of green hydrogen

The HyChain project looks at the development of future renewable hydrogen value chains with the Netherlands as a focal point. Industry, consultants and knowledge institutes work together to clarify what is needed to build energy chains based on large-scale affordable production of green hydrogen. The program consists of five parts, of which the first three were finished in 2019.

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Five HyChain projects

We defined 5 HyChain projects. Part 1, 2 and 3 started in 2018 and finished in 2019. Projects 4 and 5 will be aligned with the project partners and will start in the coming period. The five HyChain projects are :

  1. Assessment of Future Trends in Industrial Hydrogen Demand and Transport
  2. Hydrogen Cost Implications
  3. The Technological Value Chain for Hydrogen
  4. Dutch Systemic Scenarios for the Hydrogen Supply Chain
  5. Public Engagement for the Hydrogen Supply Chain

Partners in HyChain

Partners in HyChain projects are Nouryon, OCI Nitrogen, Yara, Dow, Vopak, Deltalinqs, Stedin, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, Gasunie, Frames, Proton Ventures. The research in the projects has been carried out by Quo Mare, RHDHV, Kalavasta, TNO, Quintel, Metabolic and TU Delft.

HyChain 1

The HyChain 1 project focused on how energy and feedstock demand in the process industries may change when aiming to become carbon neutral. The main focus of HyChain 1 is to explore the major tipping points that influence the shift from incremental change towards rapid growth in a hydrogen economy, across various sectors.

HyChain 2

The HyChain 2 project focused on the cost implications of importing renewable electricity, hydrogen and hydrogen carriers into the Netherlands. Within the project a high-level model is developed to evaluate these import costs and their dependencies on the various input parameters. 

HyChain 3

For HyChain 3, in a collaborative effort between industry parties and research institutions, key information was collected into 59 fact sheets on technologies for production, conversion, storage, transportation, and reconversion of hydrogen. In addition to quantitative information, the project also explored qualitative risks or opportunities that are known to be associated with specific technologies.

HyChain 4

The key solution of the HyChain 4 project is to create a tool consisting of a common data set and model that describe how investments need to be made over time to create the value chains that deliver green hydrogen from production to its use in the industry. This tool supports stakeholders in their decision making by identifying the most attractive investments needed to develop the hydrogen economy as an integral part of the energy transition challenge of the industry.

Grant provider

This project is co-funded with subsidy from the Topsector Energy by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Sustainable development goals

This project contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Project partners

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