Following the success of our Transition Talk podcast series, we'll provide more in-depth information on the energy transition in our Transition Talk videos. We'll be looking from specific angles into the same topics, with the first three videos focusing on hydrogen. 

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Hydrogen: the biggest challenges

As discussed in our first podcast episode ‘A hydrogen economy in the future – how and when?’, the transition towards a hydrogen economy comes with complex challenges. In this video series about hydrogen, we focus on these challenges:

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Part 1: Steps towards cost competitive green hydrogen

Hydrogen can be produced via different production methods, which is determinative for the ‘color’ of hydrogen. A distinction is predominantly made between grey, blue and green hydrogen. Grey hydrogen is currently produced on a large scale by Steam Methane Reforming, however, grey hydrogen also produces CO2. When this byproduct is captured and stored underground, we call it blue hydrogen.

Green hydrogen is produced with renewable electricity and, therefore, the most sustainable option, but also the most expensive one.

In this first video of the Transition Talk series, Joël Meggelaars, Senior Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Manager at Ørsted, and Sander van Ginkel, Managing Director at Accenture, discuss possibilities to make green hydrogen cost competitive.

Meet the speakers

 

Joël Mechelaars - Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Manager Ørsted

Joël Meggelaars is Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Manager at Ørsted. In this role he’s responsible for the company’s activities to shape a policy framework that enables Ørsted to grow its offshore wind and renewable hydrogen business in the Netherlands and Belgium. Prior to that, Joël worked as Head of Advocacy & Messaging at industry association WindEurope and as policy advisor on energy and R&D in the European Parliament.

Sander van Ginkel - Managing Director Utilities Accenture

 

Sander van Ginkel has a longstanding background in strategy & transformation in the energy and utilities industry. Since he joined Accenture in 1995, he has helped numerous clients across the globe with strategic questions related to energy transition, digital strategy and transformation, growth initiatives and transforming operating models. Sander leads the Strategy practice for Utilities across Europe.

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Part 2: The role of industrial clusters in the transition towards a hydrogen economy

Grey hydrogen is currently used in industrial processes like oil refining and ammonia production. However, several industries are exploring if they can apply sustainable hydrogen in their production processes to reduce CO2-emissions. Other applications for sustainable hydrogen are hard-to-abate industries, such as steel production and plastic recycling, that currently do not use hydrogen as a feedstock.

Furthermore, hydrogen can also be used to generate high-temperature heat for industrial processes, which cannot be achieved with electricity. To apply sustainable hydrogen in different kind of applications, sustainable hydrogen needs to be economically competitive with grey hydrogen.  Therefore, production of sustainable hydrogen at scale requires break-through innovation and significant funding.

In this second video of our Transition Talk series, Annemarie Manger, Director Sustainability at Tata Steel, and Femke de Jager, Managing Director at Accenture, discuss the challenges of applying sustainable hydrogen to the production processes of hard-to-abate industries, like steel production.

Meet the speakers

Annemarie Manger - Director Sustainability Tata Steel

Annemarie Manger has about 30 years of experience in a technical environment. In 2008 she made the switch to Tata Steel in IJmuiden. After various positions within energy efficiency, engineering and maintenance, she was appointed Director Sustainability and HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment & Quality) responsible for Tata Steel Europe's long-term sustainability strategy and short-term compliance.

Femke de Jager - Managing Director Accenture

Femke de Jager is Managing Director at Accenture, leading the intelligent Asset Management practice in Europe for capital intense industries. It is her personal mission to support the industry to become responsible and sustainable. She and her team make it real via digital innovation and advanced analytics, driving performance improvement of assets.

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Part 3: Hydrogen infrastructure: how and when?

Hydrogen can be produced both onsite and offsite. If hydrogen is not produced onsite, it can be transported from the production site to the storage facility or directly to the consumers. Both vehicles and pipelines can be used for hydrogen transportation, where pipelines are preferred over vehicles. Besides transportation, storage is also an essential part of the hydrogen infrastructure to cover seasonal fluctuations in the supply and demand of renewable electricity.

In this third video of the Transition Talk series, Hans Coenen, Vice President Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Gasunie, and Wytse Kaastra, Managing Director at Accenture, discuss the challenges in realizing a hydrogen economy in the Netherlands as well as the development of several components within the value chain like storage and transport.

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Hans Coenen - Vice President Corporate Strategy & Business Development Gasunie

Hans Coenen is vice-president Corporate Strategy & Business Development of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie. In this function Hans is responsible for developing and maintaining the Corporate Strategy of Gasunie and for initiating and developing relevant business opportunities, both in (inter)national gas infrastructure and in renewable energy infrastructure. Before, Hans held several other management positions within Gasunie in financial and commercial/business development departments.

Wytse Kaastra - Managing Director Accenture

 

Wytse Kaastra is leading Accenture’s Utilities business in Europe and is also heading up Accenture’s Global Energy Retail practice. With approximately 26 years of experience in the Energy & Utilities arena he is an expert in de European energy sector. Experience ranges from strategic growth & transformation strategies as well as large scale execution & implementation programs at Energy & Utility companies across Europe.

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Our hydrogen insights

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How Gasunie accelerates the energy transition

How can Gasunie become more purpose-driven and move toward CO2-neutral sources of energy to accelerate the energy transition? Find out how they've achieved it.

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Tata Steel's 3 steps to becoming carbon-neutral

Steel manufacturers face disruption from many angles. Tata Steel, with its 100-year legacy, is no exception. Learn from Roger Steens how Tata Steel has redefined its purpose.

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The role of hydrogen in the energy transition

Energy storage is key for a successful energy transition. Hydrogen is a promising renewable, but can large-scale hydrogen storage play a pivotal role for Dutch system operators?

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Hydrogen suitability for households

How can hydrogen become a renewable energy option for you and me? In this infographic, we've put together the factors that influence the suitability of hydrogen for households. 

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Lonneke Tabak

Industry Consulting Manager – Utilities, The Netherlands


Amber de Weijer

Industry Consultant Utilities the Netherlands


Alessio Fioravante

Industry Consultant – Accenture Strategy & Consulting, Utilities

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