Ecolution is TopDutch
What is the Ecolution?
The Ecolution is a sailing yacht that was commissioned by Wubbo Ockels in 2007. Wubbo Ockels was a Dutch physicist, astronaut, pilot and professor in Aerospace for Sustainable Science and Technology. The innovative yacht was built with green energy, modern sailing techniques and comfort as its priorities.
The Ecolution is soon to be converted to sail on green hydrogen.
Flagship for the Green Hydrogen Economy
The Ecolution serves as the flagship for the green hydrogen economy in the TopDutch region. The Ecolution will be a meeting place for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials and knowledge institutions. As an inspirational icon and location, to share knowledge, identify and discuss opportunities, experiment, innovate and develop.
Why invest in the Green Hydrogen Economy
Green hydrogen as building block for the TopDutch Chemical Industry
Green hydrogen presents an outstanding opportunity for the chemical industry in the TopDutch region - Chemport Europe - as a green building block for the rest of the chain. The chemical industry is dependent on regional gas production. Regional gas production is to be phased out by 2030. The chemical industry will therefore need new - preferably green - building blocks. The best scalable alternative? Green hydrogen.
Large-scale production of green hydrogen is key to this process. The TopDutch region already has the 600-megawatt offshore Gemini windpark in the North Sea. And there are more to be build. Together with electrolysers, the green electricity generated by offshore wind can be converted into green hydrogen and oxygen.
Click here for more information about how the chemical industry in the TopDutch region, Chemport Europe, makes green chemistry.
Green hydrogen for clean mobility
The transport sector is shifting to electric vehicles, using both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. The latter is an attractive option for heavier vehicles and transport over longer distances. All electric vehicles can also be developed in combination with hydrogen fuel cells. However, this calls for a new infrastructure and innovation in technology.
Green hydrogen for heating
Buildings must become carbon dioxide neutral in the coming years. Nowadays, they are heated with natural gas. To sustainably heat buildings, green hydrogen gas and biogas can be used instead. An additional advantage: there is no need to create a new infrastructure, since the existing network of pipelines can be re-used for distribution of these sustainable gasses.
Local green energy production and balancing opportunities
Future smart cities, villages, farms, data centres, industrial sites and other locations will become carbon dioxide neutral as well. Reducing energy consumption and local production of renewable energy by using wind and solar energy can make that happen. In order to balance production and consumption during the year, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells store temporary energy surpluses for periods with energy shortages.
Tokyo 2020: the most sustainable Olympic Games
Japan has set itself the goal of organising the most sustainable Olympic Games in history, with a key role for green hydrogen. It is a unique project, with many energy challenges. An extensive area needs to be set up to accommodate all competition locations, training locations, meeting places, hotels, retail facilities, etc. The Games also present challenges and opportunities for all the participating Olympic teams to rethink logistics, sports gear, equipment and technologies.