It is in Rotterdam’s port and industrial clusters where local government, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, companies, innovative start-up and scale-ups and other partners come together to establish an international hub for the production, import, application and transport of hydrogen. The Port of Rotterdam is a main driving force behind Rotterdam’s energy transition efforts, by transforming port operations and investing in making existing industral clusters in the port area more sustainable. One of the areas where the Port Authority is investing and helping companies who contribute to greening our future set up and grow, is the Rotterdam Makers District. Here, the likes of Battolyser, Platform Zero and zepp.solutions are working hard on their innovative solutions that all aim for a greener future.
Why in Rotterdam? The city, region and port of Rotterdam have many advantages, making it ideal as a Hydrogen Hub. Rotterdam, the Gateway to Europe, is Europe’s largest and the world’s smartest port, with an extensive industrial network and infrastructure that connects to and services Northwest Europe. Traditional, fossil fuel-based energy industry is still dominant in our urban region, but with the shift towards more sustainable energy, this offers important and exciting options and opportunities for the future. Also, Rotterdam is known for its passion for innovation. Here, the old and the new economy go hand in hand, industry crossovers arise organically, and many innovations are shared with, and applied all over the world.
This year and last year, several major international companies that are already active in Rotterdam’s industrial cluster have announced important investments in new hydrogen technology and facilities. These companies include the likes of Shell, Uniper, bp and Vopak.