In order to establish a green hydrogen supply network between Ireland and Europe via the Port of Amsterdam, the Port of Cork, the Port of Amsterdam, and Irish green hydrogen developer EIH2 have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
EIH2 stated that this cooperation provides the path to market that is required for Ireland to become a net exporter of energy over time. Earlier this year, the Irish Government identified an additional 2GW of offshore wind to be exploited for green hydrogen generation.
The MoU highlights both the European ambition to coming together as the first net zero continent and the “high degree of engagement” between Ireland and the Netherlands.
The signing of the MoU is a part of an offshore wind mission that the Netherlands Embassy in Ireland is holding in Cork from September 11–14.
The mission’s goal is to improve national-level and business-to-business cooperation on the energy transition between Ireland and The Netherlands.
Key players from the Irish and Dutch wind industries are represented at the event, including the supply chain, developers, researchers, utilities, policy authors, and policy influencers.
Both the Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, and the Irish Minister of State for Public Procurement, eGovernment, and Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth, were present at the MoU’s signing ceremony as recognised witnesses to the agreement.
EIH2’s founder, Pearse Flynn, said “Our goal at EIH2 is to help both Ireland and Europe achieve their ambitious energy targets.”
“The recent RePowerEU plan quadruples the role for green hydrogen in Europe.”
“This was reflected in Ireland’s recent carbon budgets, with an additional 2GW of offshore wind planned specifically for green hydrogen production.”
Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of Cork Company, Conor Mowlds, said “At the Port of Cork Company, we see significant opportunities for Cork Harbour to become a hub for renewable energy, which will benefit the environment, local businesses and create employment in the region.”
“We hope to utilise our facilities at this strategic location, working together with like-minded partners to support the development of renewable energy opportunities.”
Director Business Development Cargo of Port of Amsterdam, Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, added “For Port of Amsterdam, priorities are to make green hydrogen available to the large industrial clusters in the greater Amsterdam area, as well as to serve as a gateway to the European hinterland, including regions with high potential demand in Germany.”
“The developments in the south of Ireland and the technical proficiency of Irish parties, mean the country will be well positioned for the future export of this new energy source.”
“The port of Amsterdam will offer a route to market for Irish green hydrogen, both in our port itself, and in the rest of Europe.”