The development of this project will be fundamental in creating a hydrogen economy around Belgium and enhance the European hydrogen economy.

Read more: Plans announced for Belgium’s first industrial green hydrogen plant

The initial first phase of the project will aim to develop a 25MW green hydrogen production facility which then can be scaled to 100MW in the future.

Green hydrogen produced from the project can be transported and stored in the existing natural gas infrastructure in Belgium, which, in the future, could enable the seasonal storage of renewable energy.

Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation, said, “Hyoffwind is one of the projects that Flanders has submitted in connection with the European call for hydrogen IPCEIs.

“We aim to become a frontrunner in sustainable hydrogen. In other words, it is positive that the consortium has taken the next steps towards the first green hydrogen production unit in the port of Zeebrugge.

“Not only will it produce sustainable hydrogen, but it will also enable companies to acquire knowledge of and expertise in this sustainable technology, knowledge that we can then export to other countries. We are delighted to support this pioneering project with the Flemish government.”

Jean-Luc Maurange, CEO of John Cockerill, said, “With our partner BESIX, we are honoured to have been selected by Virya Energy and Fluxys for this landmark pioneer green hydrogen project.

“As the world-leading designer and manufacturer of high-capacity alkaline electrolysers, John Cockerill is fully committed towards the energy transition. With our rapidly growing team of hydrogen experts based in Belgium and France, we strive to constantly develop innovative technological solutions.

“This project really answers the needs of our times. It is a significant step forward in the fight against climate change.”

North American Hydrogen Summit

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.