On April 11, 2022  Rob Jetten, Dutch Minister of Climate and Energy, received the first certificate for green hydrogen during a visit to North Sea Port in Terneuzen  from Bert den Ouden, project director of HyExchange. HyXchange is an initiative of Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Groningen Seaports and North Sea Port (Vlissingen, Ghent, Terneuzen). These certificates, so called Guarantees of Origin, certifying that the hydrogen has been generated from sustainable energy such as green electricity,  facilitate the trade in hydrogen, as envisaged by HyXchange. In this way HyXchange seeks to contribute to the energy transition and the growth of sustainable energy and the reduction of natural gas dependence in the Netherlands. This system will be tested with 16 participating market parties involved in green and low-carbon hydrogen, over a three months period, in a certificate pilot organized by HyXchange and managed by Vertogas B.V., the company already providing Guarantees of Origin for biogas. Vertogas,  appointed by the Minister to develop the Guarantees of Origin for hydrogen, has recently been working on a certification system that provides for this new task. After this pilot, the final issue of Guarantees of Origin for hydrogen will start.

The HyExchange development plan has three pillars:

  1. This pilot in the certification of hydrogen: started
  2. A simulation of a spot market in hydrogen: to be starting soon
  3. Start of an international price index in hydrogen.

The HyXchange hydrogen exchange initiative has involved a group of interested 45 market parties, active in energy and industry. The ultimate goal is to establish a trading facility on the Dutch hydrogen infrastructure as a central trading point and price indicator, nationally and internationally.