Hydrogen rocks - possibilities of hydrogen in the global energy transition

News - 21 December 2021 - Communication BK

An open access book discusses the possibilities of hydrogen in a global renewable energy transition and the position of the Netherlands in a variety of points of interest such as: technology, areas of application, geopolitics, social aspects and the hydrogen economy.  (Im)possibilities of hydrogen have been examined across the board, and in particular what it could mean for the Netherlands and Europe.


A large part of the energy transition is aimed at direct electrification. But for some sectors, such as steel, cement, heavy transport or shipping, electrification is not a solution. Renewable hydrogen as a fuel and resource can help solve this puzzle. Besides applications in heavy industry, hydrogen can be used in various ways in the built environment. The newly discovered opportunities of hydrogen and its crucial role in our future energy system have made hydrogen an increasingly attractive investment. New hydrogen projects are announced almost every day.

Thirty experts

About thirty experts were asked to contribute freely from their own field of expertise and point of view. In this way, the possibilities and impossibilities of hydrogen were examined from all angles and, in particular, what this could mean for the Netherlands and Europe. Peter Luscuere from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment was one of the initiators (together with Ad van Wijk) of this open access publication. Carola Hein from our faculty also contributed to this publication.

The open access publication 'Hydrogen Rocks, which was recently published online, outlines various perspectives, the current state of affairs and future prospects. Peter Luscuere: "In time, it is not inconceivable that green hydrogen will compete away from fossil fuels, even leaving aside the current generous fossil subsidies."

More information

The publication 'Hydrogen Rocks!' with a foreword of Frans Timmermans can be downloaded free of charge.
The launch of the book took place on Friday 17 December with a webinar and online discussion.