HyChain 1 is the first part of the HyChain project, of which three parts have recently been completed. Quintel, in a consortium with Royal Haskoning DHV and TNO, studied the potential demand for hydrogen across various sectors and the major tipping points driving this demand.
This study explores the possible future role of hydrogen in different end-use sectors in the Netherlands with a focus on industrial demand. Also, it considers competing energy carriers for decarbonization of various sectors and the subsequent system implications. Quintel has used Energy Transition Model scenarios to consider how significant hydrogen demand impacts the whole energy system, from a point of view of security of supply, integration of offshore wind power, electrification of industry, domestic production potential and energy throughput to neighbouring countries. Quintel also made a first estimate of hydrogen demand in regional industrial clusters and how these depend on demand from surrounding countries.
The ISPT has initiated the HyChain program, in which ISPT and key industrial players in the Netherlands, try to answer the question of how to optimization of the full hydrogen value chain to deliver the lowest cost, carbon-neutral hydrogen to Dutch industries, and, which barriers and bottlenecks stand in the way.