Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Belgium: Power-to-Gas Industry Cluster Flanders

Source: "Cluster enters new year with reinforced membership", 9th January 2018, by POWERTOGAS Industry Cluster Flanders

Cluster enters new year with reinforced membership

Since its start in September 2016, the Power-to-Gas cluster has gained eight new partners. As a consequence, the cluster continues its activities with a range of even more diverse and complementary members. With this upward trend, the cluster feels ready to take care of business in 2018. 

At the end of last year, the cluster was pleased to announce Q8 as a new member. Earlier that year the following companies and organisations were welcomed in the cluster: Engie/Electrabel, POM West-Vlaanderen, Timmerman EHS, Tractebel, Port of Zeebrugge (MBZ), Borit and Optimum CPV. Unfortunately, NPG Energy dropped out, because of the take-over by Enovos Luxemburg. This brings the actual number to 28 members. 

The Power-to-Gas cluster closed 2017 with the approval of the two projects, that it submitted to VLAIO in October (Terranova Solar and Zeebrugge projects). The cluster starts the year with a plenary meeting on the 11th of January, followed by a workshop on offshore hydrogen production. In the meantime the organisation is also preparing for a Power-to-Gas Conference, to be held in May 2018.

About the cluster - Scope and Objectives

The Platform Power to Gas cluster was created as a follow-up of the Power to Gas Roadmap study for Flanders (2014-2015), that has analyzed the different Power to Gas options available today and determined how the Flemish industry can position itself in this future market. One of the conclusions of this roadmap study is that hydrogen and Power to Gas demonstration projects are required in Flanders to increase our expertise and develop markets and regulations. Another observation is that there is already a strong hydrogen industry in place in Flanders with key international players having production sites in Flanders.  Also regarding renewable energy production we have a lot of important players, with e.g. large wind and solar production sites in the North Sea and in the ports of Antwerp and Ghent.

The ambition of the Power to Gas Flemish cluster is to gather these companies, operating in different fields that are complimentary with respect to the power to gas market, such that they can reinforce each other with their specific knowledge and experiences.

About 20 interested companies have gathered in the cluster and have been selected for financial support in the framework of the “IBN” (Innovatieve Bedrijfsnetwerken ) of the Flemish Government (“Agentschap Ondernemen”).  The partnership is coordinated by the vzw WaterstofNet. Members are active in renewable energy, hydrogen or gas technology, hydrogen mobility (fuel cell applications) or network operations (gas and electricity network).  The cluster is open for new members that can contribute to the realization of the objectives and are complementary to the initial partners.

  • Knowledge exchange and knowledge build-up with respect to power to gas concepts 
  • Development and realization of power to gas demonstration projects in Flanders
  • Creation of innovative business models to enable a future profitable power to gas market
  • Positioning of the Flemish industry in the European Power to gas market
  • Being an prominent partner on Flemish/Belgian level in strategic discussions with respect to the transition towards renewable energy and the potential of hydrogen in this field.

For more information about POWERTOGAS Industry Cluster Flanders, please visit http://www.power-to-gas.be/