The North Sea: major energy transition area

30-05-2017

Catrinus Jepma, Professor of Energy and Sustainability at the University of Groningen and associated with the Energy Delta Institute (EDI), advocates the use of old offshore oil and gas platforms as factories to produce green hydrogen. Recently he explained this concept to staff at GasTerra. It was an interesting lecture in which Professor Jepma said this approach should be considered as 'a policy-based challenge to make greener molecules'.

He is currently conducting further research into the feasibility of producing green hydrogen from power generated by wind turbines. The former drilling platforms would be converted into factories with electrolysers for producing the green hydrogen. The sustainable wind energy can be brought onshore via the existing gas pipelines, thus avoiding the need for constructing expensive electricity cables.

Professor Jepma has, together with Miralda van Schot of the EDI, prepared two reports about this innovation. The first report, 'Smart Combinations in the North Sea', describes the potential for reusing, instead of dismantling, oil and gas platforms in the North Sea whose production activities have ended. This 'green' reuse has been researched by investigating a virtual platform. The second report, 'On the economics of offshore energy conversion and smart combinations', explores this concept in more detail. The business case and results of this research are based on an existing platform owned by the company Engie.

If you are interested in this topic, please feel free to contact Miralda van Schot of the Energy Delta Institute: vanschot@energydelta.nl