Invitation: Japanese Hydrogen Innovation Mission to the Netherlands, 1-5 October 2018

The Netherlands Government invites Japanese public and private organizations to a Hydrogen Innovation Mission to the Netherlands, 1-5 October.

Currently, the Netherlands is proactively putting hydrogen on the map as key to the transition for energy and resources. The Netherlands recognizes Japan’s advancements in the field of Hydrogen, some in close collaboration with Dutch counterparts. This Hydrogen Innovation Mission is organized around the Innovation Expo (4 October), the Largest Innovation Event in the Netherlands, organized by the Netherlands Government (comparable to ICEF in Japan).

On 30 May 2018, an Information Meeting was held at the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo, including presentations per live video from the Netherlands about roadmap outlines and use of hydrogen in mobility. Below you can download presentations and the registration form for this Mission.

We look forward to your registration for this Japanese Hydrogen Innovation Mission to the Netherlands!


The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo jointly invite Japanese public and private organizations to a Hydrogen Mission to the Netherlands, 1-5 October. You will be a cordial guest to the yearly Innovation Expo in Rotterdam, attended by politicians, policy makers, and decision makers from major private organizations in the Netherlands. A tailor made multi-day program includes meetings with these stakeholders and site visits to the most advanced hydrogen projects in our country.


We envision that this mission 1) contributes to further define strategic goals and activities, both in Japan and in the Netherlands, and 2) results in new networks that trigger collaboration, either public or private.


In order to register for this Mission, please download below INTAKE FORM, fill it out and send it to <rob @> before June 30.

4. Format INTAKE Form innovation mission


  • It is still possible to register for this Mission after June 30, but due to preparations we may be less able to accommodate your registration or wishes.
  • The target number of participants is about 15. In case we receive many more registrations, we may have to make a selection.
  • Please send one intake form per person.
  • Please fill out this intake form as complete as possible. It helps us in making the mission successful for you and the receiving parties in the Netherlands.

Information Meeting May 30

You can download the Presentation (in 3 parts) here:

20180530 Hydrogen Mission to NL – Presentation – PART 1 (Introduction, TKI Gas)

20180530 Hydrogen Mission to NL – Presentation – PART 2 (H2 Platform, KIWA)

20180530 Hydrogen Mission to NL – Presentation – PART 3 (Mission information)


Agenda of Information Meeting May 30

15:15 - 15:20 Welcome by Mr. Jan-Hein Chrisstoffels, Counsellor for Innovation, Netherlands Embassy
15:20 - 15:30 1. Mr. Rob Stroeks, Senior Advisor Innovation, Netherlands Embassy
Introduction of the Netherlands, purpose of mission
15:30 - 15:45 2. Dr. Marcel Weeda, TKI New Gas
Policy, roadmap, goals for the energy transition and role hydrogen
15:45 - 15:50 3. Video
16:00 - 16:15 4. Mr. Robert Dencher, Hydrogen Platform
Use of hydrogen in mobility
16:15 - 16:30 5. Mr. Wolter Veenhoven, KIWA representative in Japan
Standardization, certification, testing
16:30 - 17:00 6. Netherlands Government (RVO)
Mission 1-4 October: Program, local support, conditions, registration, Q&A
17:00 - 18:00 Small reception with drinks for informal discussion

The program in the Netherlands will include visits to:

  • The Hague (policy):
    Explanation from and dialogues with Netherlands public and private organizations about roadmaps and the position of hydrogen in a future energy household.
  • Innovation Expo (venue: Rotterdam):
    The Innovation Expo is a high level / high profile event organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It is attended by politicians, policy makers, public and private decision makers, investors, R&D managers and other influentials. The event forms an ideal platform to meet Dutch stakeholders, and promote Japanese activities and business.
  • Rotterdam area (Europe’s #1 harbor and petrochemical hub):
    Rotterdam is Europe’s #1 harbor and a world leading energy hub with concrete ambitions to be CO2-free. This day will include workshops on specific topics, depending on interest by Japanese delegates and Netherlands counterparts. Reception with stakeholders.
  • Groningen Area (Europe’s #1 gas field and energy hub):
    The area of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands has high ambitions and potential towards hydrogen. The area is an international hub for gas and electric infrastructure, connected to ever increasing offshore wind parks, and potential location for the first large scale hydrogen fired power plant in the Netherlands (Magnum). Network event with local stakeholders.
  • Cultural site:
    A visit to a typical Dutch cultural site will be included in the program.

Summary Country Update [April 2018]

IPHE table

(Source: IPHE website)

Why the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has a very strong gas sector, in particular because of its large domestic production in the area of Groningen, and is a major hub for global oil and gas flows. The Netherlands has a strong position in offshore wind and its electricity and gas markets are fully integrated in the Northwestern European energy market. But significant changes are imminent: the new government has decided to decrease its domestic exploitation of natural gas resources, and has the ambition to increase the share of renewables and come to a carbon free economy in 2050. The increasing electrification of the energy system and the need to switch from fossil to renewable fuels has triggered the attention towards hydrogen. Currently, the Netherlands is proactively putting hydrogen on the map as key to the energy transition.

The Netherlands can play a strategic role in pushing the frontier for the hydrogen economy. Substantial gas related experience and knowledge was built up in Groningen. The Netherlands is home to a strong Dutch (petro-) chemical industry and Europe’s #1 harbor Rotterdam. The government is formulating positioning roadmaps and innovation support schemes. The industry is developing schemes for business, R&D and finance for all parts of the chain, from production, transport, and storage, to use of hydrogen. A focus theme is the implementation of hydrogen in mobility, in which the Dutch Hydrogen Platform collaborates with the government to roll out a grid of H2 fueling stations and supporting demonstration projects in mobility. The Netherlands is internationally oriented, and recognizes Japan’s advancements in this field, some in close collaboration with Dutch counterparts.

Further information

Rob Stroeks, Senior Advisor Innovation, Netherlands Embassy
E-mail: rob @ (delete the spaces around @)
Tel: 03-5776-5510.

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