COBRA cable reaches Dutch coast

On November 9th 2018 the COBRA cable was landed onshore in Eemshaven, the Netherlands. The COBRA cable is a 325 km interconnection between the Eemshaven (NL) and Endrup (DK). The cable has a capacity of 700 megawatts and is expected to become fully operational in the third quarter of 2019.  The objective of the TSO2020 project is to combine this project of common interest with the TEN-T Comprehensive network for multimodal transport and the TEN-T core network on the North Sea – Baltic and Rhine – Alpine corridors by demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of power-to-hydrogen solutions in the context of the Groningen region. These solutions are aimed to simultaneously balance the intermittent power input from the COBRA cable and to develop the use of hydrogen for transport applications along the TEN-T corridors.

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TSO 2020 Power to Hydrogen Mid-term workshop

On 24 October 2018 during the TSO2020 Mid-term workshop the first results regarding Stability study and Cost-benefit Analysis are presented and are now available to download:


TSO 2020 Project presentation
Mr Jan Veijer, TSO 2020 Project Coordinator (download presentation)

EU Policy on Power to hydrogen and promotion of hydrogen as energy carrier at EU level
Mr Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit:New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission

EU policy for clean mobility and the role of energy storage
Dr Axel Volkery, Policy Coordinator Clean Transport, Unit: Sustainable and Intelligent Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission (download presentation)

INEA activities and EU spending (CEF, Horizon 2020, etc) with focus on energy storage
Mr Samuel BEN-SOUSSAN, Project Officer, INEA (download presentation)

Presentation of project’s mid-term results:

Activity 2: Exploitation of Ancillary Services in Multi-Energy Sector Coupling to contribute to Power System Stability
Mr Victor Garcia Suarez, Researcher, TU Delft and Mr Bart Tuinema, Post-doc, TU Delft (download presentation)

Activity 3: Cost Benefit Analysis Modelling
Ms Carmen Wouters, Consultant, DNV GL and Mr Pierre GARSOUX, Expert, Engie/Tractebel (download presentation)

Presentation of next steps and closing remarks
Mr Jan Veijer, TSO 2020 Project Coordinator

TSO 2020 Power to Hydrogen Mid-term workshop, October 24, 2018

Sector coupling is rapidly becoming the cool kid on the block in EU’s Energy transition.

Who and what does it take to develop a sector coupling project?

Which key players and key regulation need to be engaged?

How to get your “sector” connected to these exciting new developments?

Join us in Brussels on  24 October 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30 for the TSO 2020 Power to Hydrogen Mid-term workshop that will showcase project’s first results regarding Stability study and Cost-benefit Analysis to relevant stakeholders, it will also wider audience in order to discuss action progress and raise strategic interest from all stakeholders.

The event is free of changes and will be followed by a networking lunch.

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Photo: Courtesy EnergyStock

TSO2020 kicking off synergies energy #transport to new levels!

With windforces around 10 Bft, Europe’s windparks at peak production and the Dutch Transmission System Operator running in overdrive to integrate all this green electricity, the TSO2020 Action, the first Synergy Action funded by the EU CEF program, was launched on September 13, 2017  in the Ae church in Groningen.

Hydrogen responsible officer in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Dirk Schaap,  pointed to the need for synergies in financing the link between increasing renewable capacities and fuelling clean transport corridors; EU, national and private investment  is needed to roll out the Dutch Fuel Vision.

TenneT CEO Mel Kroon, partner in the Action  told the audience that you do not need to be a H2 believer anymore as hydrogen is proven an key enabler to integrate increasing renewable power into electricity nets. Together with TSO2020 coordinator and Gasunie CEO Ulco Vermeulen he announced the NorthSea Wind Power Hub, that will connect the electricity grid with the gas network through an electricity conversion and hydrogen production facility near the Doggersbank offshore.

EnergyStock, a full subsidiary of Gasunie will be installing a 1 MW electrolyser with an annual productioncapacity of 8500 hrs and  @17kg/hr,  totalling 145 ton H2.. Energy Stock gas storage facilities of 240.000MWh, at 80 – 130 bar in the salt caverns on the premises of EnergyStock, will allow large  quantities of H2 to be stored underground. Interesting fact: Gasunie’s total of 100 mln m3 of gas storage space would match 22 mln Tesla Power Walls.

Karl Zaechmeister of the Austrian Rail Cargo presented the results of the BulkH2Rail project that analysed technical and economic feasibility. Liquid hydrogen costs could come down to 50 €cst per ton per km  on distances between 300 – 1200 km.

(Photo: TSO2020 partners join with EU DGMOVE principle advisor Helmut Morsi to sign TSO 2020 into force)