Multimillion-euro research pioneering the direct use of hydrogen in the Dutch energy transition

Photo: Jonas Weckschmied/Unsplash
Photo: Jonas Weckschmied/Unsplash

The GroenvermogenNL R&D consortium HyUSE has been granted a subsidy of over ¤14 million over the next six years for research developing the use of hydrogen in the transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon energy future in the Netherlands. Utrecht University is the scientific lead of this consortium and is also involved in GroenvermogenNL research into transport and storage (WP2).

Leveraging green hydrogen

The HyUSE consortium (WP3) is investigating hydrogen technologies and applications with the expectation of broad market introduction in the Netherlands around 2030. Scientifically led by Utrecht University, the consortium will focus on how hydrogen can be used to make processes that require high temperatures carbon-free, generate electricity during times when solar and wind energy are insufficient, and serve as a vehicle fuel which means trucks and ships emit water vapour rather than harmful gases. It will also investigate the use of hydrogen in heating homes, determining in which segments of the built environment the application of hydrogen is optimal. These research strands will consider financial, environmental, safety and comfort aspects as well as the social impact.

We are collectively addressing the prominent challenges related to the direct utilization of hydrogen within the Dutch context, leveraging the clean and versatile attributes of green hydrogen in our pursuit of sustainability and energy transition

Hamed Aslannejad

Assistant professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

HyUSE has been spearheaded by Utrecht University’s Dr. Hamed Aslannejad , an assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development , who serves as Technical Manager. "Within our consortium of key knowledge institutions and involved industries, we are collectively addressing the prominent challenges related to the direct utilization of hydrogen within the Dutch context, leveraging the clean and versatile attributes of green hydrogen in our pursuit of sustainability and energy transition," says Aslannejad. 

A consortium of 30 partners

Coordinated by TNO and scientifically led by Utrecht University, HyUSE is a consortium of 30 parties, including eight universities, five universities of applied sciences, three research institutes, and 14 industrial partners. With contributions from industry and other institutions, the program will have over 16.5 million euros for groundbreaking research into the direct use of hydrogen over the next six years.

About GroenvermogenNL

The National Growth Fund (Groeifonds) programme GroenvermogenNL is the green investment programme for the Dutch economy and society. Through this programme, green hydrogen drives the transition from a fossil-based society to a sustainable energy supply. This will enable the Netherlands to build a new industry and an attractive business climate. To make this transition possible, well-trained people and a strong knowledge-sharing structure are necessary. The investment programme runs until 2028.

About the National Growth Fund

Through the National Growth Fund, the government invests 20 billion euros from 2021 to 2025 in projects that ensure long-term economic growth. Among other things, the National Growth Fund invests in research, development and innovation projects.