Our future energy supply needs both green electrons (electricity) and green molecules. Sustainable hydrogen can play an important role in covering additional energy and raw material demands, and will obtain an important role for large scale energy storage. European ambitions envisage a hydrogen supply of 10 million tons in 2030 (8% of the current natural gas demand), to be scaled up for complete coverage of the future pan European hydrogen demand.
The large-scale introduction of hydrogen in our energy system, however, poses many challenges. For instance, how to implement H2 into the existing energy landscape, how to effectively introduce H2 for shipping, aviation, and urban applications, how to achieve cost reduction in electrolysis for scale up, how to cost efficiently get wind energy to shore and in what sectors to introduce H2 first?
The related scientific challenges are typically multi-disciplinary and therefore the goal of the TU Delft H2 Platform is to bring together the researchers, research infrastructure and formulate common research questions. The H2 Platform facilities the researcher in the field with acquiring the necessary funds for their research. We aim for a recognizable role of TU Delft in the energy transition as a Hydrogen-Accelerator. At TU Delft over 200 researchers are involved with Hydrogen and are co-working in over 50 projects. Fieldlabs are available for Hydrogen research and innovation include for example The Green Village (TGV) and the Electrical Sustainable Power Lab (ESP).