Both applications are used at the Shell Technology Centre site. Green hydrogen is produced with the electricity generated by the 232 solar panels that are located on the roof especially for this purpose. Water is split into hydrogen and oxygen in a so-called electrolyser using green energy.


Part of the produced hydrogen goes to the Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) test installation and a part to ETCA’s own hydrogen pump. GTL is a technology that uses natural gas instead of oil to make liquid products such as fuels for diesel engines and trucks. But it’s also used for raw materials for everyday products such as detergents, cosmetics and plastics. A second step towards sustainability is made when, instead of natural gas, green hydrogen is used as a feedstock for the pilot plant.

The hydrogen pump at the ETCA site was put into operation in 2019. This pump is the first in the Amsterdam region to illustrate the entire green hydrogen chain, from the energy generated by the sun to the emission of just water vapour from the car. ETCA employees can use two hydrogen pool cars for their business mileage.

How does driving on green hydrogen actually work? After the water has been split in an electrolyser into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity, the hydrogen liquefied under pressure gets put into the car. There it is converted into electricity in a so-called fuel cell by adding oxygen and the car then runs on it. It takes about five minutes to fill up with five kilograms of hydrogen, and the car can travel approximately 500 kilometres on that.

Shell is also contributing to an initial network of public hydrogen stations in the Netherlands. Shell's first public hydrogen filling point was opened in 2020 at Shell Den Ruygenhoek retail station along the A4 motorway near Hoofddorp. The ETCA hydrogen shared cars are used to test the filling process of other public hydrogen filling stations which are still under construction.


The Dutch Climate Agreement sees a 'crucial role' for hydrogen in the Dutch energy transition. Shell wants to seize the opportunities that the energy transition offers in the Netherlands, also in the field of hydrogen.

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