The world's first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft are expected to enter the market only by 2035. Yet already today Groningen Airport Eelde is developing a full-scale hydrogen ecosystem with its ambitious “Hydrogen Valley Airport” strategy. Could you please tell us more about your strategy and the planned timeline?
At GRQ, Europe’s first ‘Hydrogen Valley Airport’ will be developed. The full-scale hydrogen ecosystem will involve production of green hydrogen, distribution, and utilisation. The starting point is its existing 22MW solar park, the largest airside solar field in operation at any operative commercial airport, with 63,000 solar panels, operational since February 2020. The airport is located in Europe’s first Hydrogen Valley, which is being built by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) and is supported by the HEAVENN project of the New Energy Coalition and a €9 billion hydrogen regional investment agenda. The four-to five-year project includes research, development and realisation of an electrolyser by utilising the solar park, a hydrogen refuelling station that serves both land- and airside, hydrogen power ground service equipment and both gaseous and liquid H2 storage and distribution.