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Hydrogen Engineering Consultancy

Our hydrogen consultancy services cover complex energy system analysis, due diligence and funding, business and market development (including incentives) and R&D as well as production, distribution, storage and end-use including permits and safety requests.

Our renewables team – in the UK and across Europe – brings together significant experience in the technical and advisory consultancy required for to establish hydrogen as the clean, low carbon energy of the future. In fact, to drive knowledge-sharing and support policy-making, Sweco has established a dedicated international Hydrogen steering group to promote cross-border collaboration.

Key hydrogen consultancy expertise

As we look to build a more sustainable and cleaner low carbon world, we’re proud to play a key role in exploring the distribution and storage of hydrogen, including the conversion of existing natural gas compressors to run on 100% hydrogen.

From energy and decarbonisation policy, through whole energy system modelling to the implementation, operation and maintenance of current generation assets and fleets, we offer a full range of low-carbon energy generation services, including:

  • Multi-client/stakeholder process management & engagement
  • International collaboration – research & delivery
  • Business evaluation & development
  • Technical/economic evaluations: investment, analysis & logistics
  • Scenario development
  • Energy system analysis
  • Environmental & planning support
  • Safety analysis
  • Due diligence

Below is the design animation for our hydrogen project at VoltH2, with visualisation from our Belgium team (Frederic Schobben).

First large-scale green hydrogen plant in Benelux

VoltH2 has commissioned Sweco to design two green hydrogen plants in the North Sea Port area: in Vlissingen and Terneuzen (the Netherlands). Thanks to these 25 MW hydrogen electrolysis plants, millions of kilos of hydrogen will be produced from wind energy within a few years.

The hydrogen plants are strategically located in North Sea Port, within an industrial cluster and proximate to existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large renewable power producing assets for the supply of green electricity. The construction uses technology that has already been successfully applied in the industry and is available from various suppliers. Local filling stations can also be supplied through the integration of hydrogen storage.

In many projects, Sweco forms project teams that span multiple disciplines and countries to provide clients with the best overall solution. An international team of around 70 consultants from Sweco Belgium and the Netherlands helped the client VoltH2 design and plan the large-scale hydrogen plants in the Netherlands.

Our Belgian team was responsible for the complete design, while Sweco’s Dutch team handled the necessary permits and the subsidies. In the Netherlands, employees from seven different business areas participated, which shows the range of skills needed in this type of large-scale hydrogen projects.

Organising this international team of Belgian and Dutch specialists, Sweco was able to carry out the entire project in an integrated manner. In this way, the client had access to all the necessary expertise while Sweco’s cross-border team was able to complement each other.

Sweco is also involved in other green hydrogen developments in the Netherlands and Belgium with the deployment of engineering for infrastructure, compression, cooling and storage modalities according to the strict safety requirements for high pressure hydrogen.

The use of available commercial green hydrogen is one of the keys in the global energy transition to limit the use of fossil fuels. This is now fast becoming an economic reality. Zeeland offers enormous potential due to the large-scale demand for hydrogen, the plans for regional connections and the space for sustainable energy production by means of wind at sea.

André Jurres founder and Managing Director of client VoltH2.

VoltH2’s 25 MW green hydrogen plant in Vlissingen can produce up to 3,500 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, scalable up to 100 MW (14,000 tonnes). For context, one kilo of hydrogen is enough to drive a car 100 km. The production plant can be connected to the European Hydrogen Backbone – the dedicated hydrogen infrastructure traversing Europe.

Additionally, VoltH2 has received permits for a second green hydrogen plant in Terneuzen, in joint development with Virya Energy, also with an initial capacity of 3,500 tonnes hydrogen per year, scalable up to 75 MW (10,500 tonnes). Following the permitting phase, Sweco is currently working as owner’s engineer in the next project phases. VoltH2 is also actively developing additional sites in Belgium, France, and Germany.

Your key UK hydrogen engineering contacts

Rebecca McLean

Sustainability Director

Andy King

Energy, Water & Environment Division Manager
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