Hydrogen International

Last checked on:
26 April 2024
Published on:
22 July 2020

Hydrogen is an energy carrier that is vital for the production of climate-neutral energy. It creates business opportunities for the Netherlands' hydrogen sector and attracts foreign investments.

What is Hydrogen International?

Hydrogen plays a vital role in reducing CO2 emissions and slowing climate change. It also contributes to the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Green hydrogen

According to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report, there is a global market for green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is produced from sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar. It presents international business opportunities for the Dutch renewable energy sector.

Hydrogen International is part of the International Clean Energy Partnership (ICEP). Through this programme, the Dutch government supports entrepreneurs from the sustainable energy and hydrogen sector in doing business abroad.

Dutch clean hydrogen technologies

Watch our video about the Netherlands' clean hydrogen technologies.

For whom?

The Hydrogen International programme focuses on parties active in the renewable energy sector, specifically the hydrogen sector. These companies and organisations must also be ready to do business abroad.

Why invest in hydrogen?

The Dutch hydrogen sector is well-known throughout the world. It is because the Netherlands has:

  • a highly developed natural gas infrastructure;
  • knowledge of and experience with hydrogen;
  • significant potential for extensive hydrogen storage;
  • large offshore wind energy deployments with hydrogen integration opportunities;
  • strong manufacturing industry;
  • major ports and a significant transport infrastructure.

Interesting hydrogen projects

Currently, there are more than 150 hydrogen projects in the Netherlands.

  • Dutch energy network operator Gasunie is developing a hydrogen infrastructure that connects Dutch ports with our neighbours through an extensive industrial network.
  • There are several projects in built environments.
  • Some projects are being developed to prepare ports for large-scale hydrogen imports.
  • Energy companies, such as Engie and Equinor, consider the Netherlands to be a leader in the hydrogen sector and want to start large projects here.

High-potential countries in the hydrogen sector

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sector associations focus on a number of countries with export potential. This list is subject to change depending on international developments.

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • The Nordics
  • Oman
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • Uruguay
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • South Africa
  • South Korea

Market reports

Market reports can help you to prepare for new markets abroad. To learn more about business opportunities in the hydrogen sector in a specific country, visit our list of market reports.

Dutch Solutions for a Hydrogen Economy

The report Dutch Solutions for a Hydrogen Economy provides information on the Dutch hydrogen sector. It also contains a list of important stakeholders as well as completed and planned hydrogen projects in the Netherlands.


RVO organises many exciting events related to hydrogen. We are present in our booths at important exhibitions. Visit our events page (in Dutch) for the latest business events.

Trade mission Green Hydrogen Chile

Watch our video about the trade mission Green Hydrogen Chile.


The Dutch hydrogen sector cooperates with Platform Waterstof Internationaal (PWI).

Platform Waterstof Internationaal

Platform Waterstof Internationaal (PWI) was founded in PWI in 2021 by:

  • The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
  • The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • FME (an association representing the tech industry)

PWI was founded in collaboration with Topsector Energie, NWBA, New Energy Coalition, and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Later, IRO and NLHydrogen joined PWI.

PWI brings public and private parties together to:

  • inform the Dutch hydrogen sector about developments in foreign markets, reports, events, and visits;
  • portray public and private party collaboration;
  • showcase the Dutch hydrogen sector.

The PWI team supports hydrogen companies in the Netherlands to do business abroad. They focus on the Dutch hydrogen sector. The team helps entrepreneurs with:

  • Trade missions.
  • Conferences and exhibitions.
  • Business2Business matchmaking events.
  • Research on potential hydrogen markets.
  • Support collaboration with international parties.
  • Cooperation with the Dutch hydrogen parties and the national and international hydrogen sector.

Do you want to stay updated on the latest developments, research, and hydrogen opportunities in foreign markets? Please sign up for the PWI newsletter and follow PWI on LinkedIn.


Through RVO's International Clean Energy Partnership (ICEP) programme, the government of the Netherlands supports entrepreneurs from the sustainable energy sector in doing business abroad. ICEP organises activities such as trade missions and other events to support the sector. The programme consists of the following themes:

More information

Would you like to know more about international business opportunities in the hydrogen sector, ICEP, or how the Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you in doing business abroad? Our advisors are happy to assist you.

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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