HYGRO starts construction on hydrogen turbine


HYGRO, a Dutch specialist in hydrogen production from wind turbines, has made a start on the construction of a hydrogen turbine on the ECN Wind Turbine test field Wieringermeer. The project is part of ‘Duwaal’, a green hydrogen initiative aimed at developing the green hydrogen distribution regionally.

A hydrogen turbine is a wind turbine to which electrolysis is directly connected. Due to this integration, the turbine produces both electricity and green hydrogen. According to HYGRO, compared to the plans to connect large-scale electrolysis to the electricity grid, much more hydrogen can be generated with a hydrogen turbine, at a much lower cost.

First phase
This first phase entails the realisation of the wind turbine, and the completion of the project development of the hydrogen production system. German turbine manufacturer Enercon is supplying a 4 MW turbine with a maximum height of 180 meters. The turbine is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2021.

During the project, the wind turbine and electrolysis are still physically separated, but will be aligned to each other to prevent conversion steps with its associated energy losses. At the same time it will help to relieve the already overloaded electricity grid in the region. Additionally it solves the storage problem of sustainable electricity.

The first phase is made possible through financing from Triodos Bank and sustainable investment institution Meewind. The next phase is aimed at developing a sustainable and local hydrogen chain.


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