Positive results from hydrogen import study

Friday 12 02 2021

Local renewable energy production is not enough to meet climate targets. To do this, Belgium must import solar or wind energy from countries with plenty of wind and sun. The hydrogen import coalition is studying a means of successfully importing energy using molecules such as hydrogen.

In 2019, seven partners – including Port of Antwerp – joined forces to develop expertise on hydrogen as a means of energy transport. They began a study with one objective: can we bring green energy to Belgium? They looked at the entire process: production abroad, supply via ships and pipelines, and distribution in Belgium. This study now shows that shipping green energy to Europe is technically and financially feasible


How do we import green energy?

Belgium does not always have enough wind or solar energy when we need it. So, to achieve a carbon-neutral society, we need storage, and we need to import that energy from abroad, from countries such as Chile, Oman, Australia or Morocco, where wind and sunshine levels are high throughout the year.


To ship energy, you first convert it into molecules. Hydrogen is a molecule, and therefore an excellent medium to carry green energy to Belgium. Once here, we use the green energy for sectors that need it most, such as the chemical industry and heavy transport. 


Leader of the carbon-neutral society

The climate target to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium by 80% by 2050 (compared to 2005) is a major challenge, and requires a rapid switch to renewable energy. The Port of Antwerp is not only an interface of chemistry, industry and fuel production; it also offers alternative transport options such as pipelines. This is why Port of Antwerp is investing in the import of green energy, making us an active pioneer of Europe's hydrogen economy.


Read the full press release about the study confirming the potential of hydrogen import here.