New round of DEI+ grants: almost €30 million for green hydrogen pilot and demonstration projects

A new round for the Dutch DEI+ scheme has recently opened offering almost 30 million euros for green hydrogen pilot and demonstration projects. Green chemical industry innovations projects can apply for this grant. More details on the parties and types of projects are included in this article.

DEI+ round of grants for ‘hydrogen and green chemistry’

The DEI+ scheme was extended on June 22, 2002 with a focus on ‘hydrogen and green chemistry’. The scheme offers funding opportunities for pilot and demonstration projects that result in carbon emission reductions. The scheme is open until January 10, 2023 and operates on a ‘first come, first served’ principle.

Which projects can apply?

The ‘hydrogen and green chemistry’ focus is divided in three specific project topics. Under the current theme of the DEI+, products and services that contribute to the following can be funded:

Production of green hydrogen based on renewable electricity. This includes production of green hydrogen both from electrolysis using renewable electricity and gasification of biogenic waste.

Transportation and storage of hydrogen. The focus here is on large-scale energy storage and conversion to other energy carriers. This includes tanks, cylinders or salt caverns for underground storage capacity of hydrogen, as well as innovations in the storage conditions such as making compression and configuration at the petrol station cheaper.

Application of hydrogen as a fuel, raw material in industry and in electrochemical reactions. This subtheme focuses on various large-scale applications of green hydrogen in hard-to-abate sectors, such as:

  1. Direct use of green hydrogen as fuel. Such as the use of hydrogen as a fuel in industry for high-temperature processes or for use in zero-emission vehicles.
  2. Green hydrogen as raw material for the chemical industry. This includes innovative applications of green hydrogen as raw materials decarbonize chemical processes. Some examples include the production of bulk chemicals, steel and synthetic kerosene, production of fertilizers and sustainable plastics, and the production of chemical semi-finished products and ‘specialties’ with various applications such as car parts, packaging, paint and coatings.
  3. Direct application of green electrons in electrochemical reactions. For the electrochemical conversion of CO2/CO and basic chemicals into fuels and chemicals. Green hydrogen is not used directly as a reactant, but the green electrons produced are used directly. These routes allow for the direct production of bulk chemicals, such as ethylene, propylene and their oxides, as well as fuels and fuel components, such as methanol and kerosene, directly from CO2 and water

Important grant conditions

Projects that match these three themes can be eligible for a grant. Some of the additional conditions required to apply for a DEI+ grant are:

  • Project must start within six months of the grant decision;
  • Project must run for up to four years;
  • Cooperation is permitted but not mandatory

There are also additional conditions for the DEI+ ‘Hydrogen and green chemistry’ projects. The sub-theme ‘Hydrogen production’ is subject to additional conditions including specific requirements relating to the purchase of renewable electricity, use of maximum running hours, among others.

Grant amounts and application periods

The DEI+ ‘hydrogen and green chemistry’ call for proposals has a grant budget of 29.4 million euros and is open for applications from 22 June 2022 until 10 January 2023. Grants will be awarded on “first come, first serve’ basis until the budget is depleted.

The maximum grant amount is 15 million euros per project. For pilot projects, the grant will cover up to 25% of the eligible costs. For demonstration projects 40% of the eligible costs can be applied for. In both cases, an increase of 10-20% is possible for small or medium sized enterprises.

What can PNO Chemistry do for you?

If you have ideas for a pilot or demonstration project that is a match for one of the DEI+ ‘Hydrogen and Green Chemistry’ themes, the PNO Chemistry experts would be delighted to help. If you would like to know more about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.