Date: Thursday, 1 February, 2018
Time: 15:00 – 16:30 h
Location: Energy Academy Building, Nijenborgh 6


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What is hydrogen and what role can hydrogen play in transitioning towards a sustainable energy future? What are the benefits and challenges associated with usage of hydrogen as a fuel or storage?  Find out during our lecture with Robbert van der Pluijm.

The share of intermittent energy sources in the Netherlands is continuously growing, leading to imbalances in electricity supply. These fluctuations could be, at least in theory, accommodated through electricity storage. However, storing electricity in large quantities can be difficult for technical and economic reasons. Hydrogen seems to be the answer.

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can be used for mobility and transport, as well as for industrial purposes or electricity supply. Moreover, hydrogen can be used as a battery to store electricity. Robbert van der Pluijm will elaborate on the pilot-project called HyStock, which envisages a construction of power-to-gas installation that will convert sustainable electricity to hydrogen. The installation will be located at the site of underground storage facility in Zuidwending, where electricity converted into hydrogen will be stored.

During this lecture, Robbert van der Pluijm will discuss the ways in which hydrogen can help us solve the energy puzzle.  In doing so, he will reflect on the benefits of hydrogen, as well as challenges associated with usage of hydrogen.


The lecture is free and open to the public.


Robbert van der Pluijm is a Technical Manager at EnergyStock. In the past, Robbert assumed several positions at N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie – Dutch gas Transmission System Operator (TSO). Before joining EnergyStock he acted as a Techincal Manager at BBL Company managing transport of natural gas from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom. Robbert obtained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (UAS), and a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hanze UAS.

EnergyStock B.V. is a subsidiary of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie. EnergyStock facilitates flexibility services with its fast-cycle gas storage.  EnergyStock operates the fastest gas storage facility in the world with significantly more cycles per year than traditional facilities, which mainly address a seasonal or peak pattern. 



It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.