New partnership to boost green hydrogen supply between Ireland and Europe

Irish firm EIH2 has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Amsterdam and the Port of Cork for the partnership

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A new partnership has been announced to support the establishment of a supply chain for green hydrogen between Ireland and Europe via the Port of Amsterdam.

Irish firm EIH2 has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Amsterdam and the Port of Cork which will enable Ireland to maximise its use of offshore wind as a source of energy by proving an alternative route to market for such renewable electricity.

It follows the Irish Government identifying an additional 2GW of offshore wind to be used for green hydrogen production earlier thie year.

EIH2 Founder Pearse Flynn said: “Our goal at EIH2 is to help both Ireland and Europe achieve their ambitious energy targets. The recent RePowerEU plan quadruples the role for Green Hydrogen in Europe. This was reflected in Ireland’s recent carbon budgets, with an additional 2GW of offshore wind planned specifically for green hydrogen production.

“This partnership is the beginning of a supply chain for green hydrogen from Ireland where there is a lot of wind but not a lot of hydrogen demand to Europe where the situation is reversed.”

Both Ireland and the Netherlands have placed strategic priority on the development of production capacity and internation distribution of green hydrogen.

Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Director Business Development Cargo of Port of Amsterdam added: “Port of Amsterdam is very pleased with the signing of this MoU with such valuable partners. It underlines both the strong ties between Ireland and our port and the increasing importance of green hydrogen.

“For Port of Amsterdam, priorities are to make green hydrogen available to the large industrial clusters in the greater Amsterdam area, as well as to serve as a gateway to the European hinterland, including regions with high potential demand in Germany. The developments in the south of Ireland and the technical proficiency of Irish parties, mean the country will be well positioned for the future export of this new energy source. The Port of Amsterdam will offer a route to market for Irish green hydrogen, both in our port itself and in the rest of Europe.”