KBR will perform a front-end engineering design (FEED) of the baseload power hub for the Hollandse Kust (north) wind farm located offshore Netherlands.

Both parties will design and develop facilities that integrate lithium-ion battery storage and green hydrogen electrolysis production at megawatt scale.

The design will enable hydrogen production and electricity storage in periods of high-power production and will convert hydrogen to electricity, via a fuel cell, during periods of lower power production.

Jay Ibrahim, president of KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions, said, “To solve the current global ‘energy trilemma,’ the world needs an energy mix that relies more on wind, solar and nuclear power.”

The consortium plans to have Hollandse Kust (noord) operational in 2023 with an installed capacity of 759MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year.

This is enough renewable power to supply more than 1 million Dutch households with green electricity. The wind farm will be located 18.5km off the coast of The Netherlands near the town of Egmond aan Zee.

Offshore wind projects produce intermittent electricity. Balancing these dips and peaks and integrating this electricity into the national energy system requires new technologies.

That is why the offshore wind farm will include five technology demonstrations that could be implemented at full-scale in future: a floating solar park; short-term battery storage; turbines that are optimally tuned to the network to minimise the negative ‘wake’-effects that wind turbines have on each other; green hydrogen made by electrolysis as a further storage technique; and the combination of these individual measures to ensure a continuous power supply regardless of the wind situation.

KBR recently launched its ‘mega 10,000 MTPD blue and green ammonia offering’ to help meet the growing global sustainable energy and fertiliser demands.

It integrates the company’s implemented designs with advanced digital technologies to provide owners with the reliability, flexibility and scale required to deliver clean ammonia and hydrogen demands for the energy transition.