SoluForce and Groningen Seaports win Northern Enlightenmentz 2018!

During the Eemsdeltavisie congress, SoluForce and Groningen Seaports were declared the winner of the Northern Enlightenmentz 2018. SoluForce and Groningen Seaports won with their planned infrastructure for hydrogen. The innovation behind this infrastructure is SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipes. According to the jury, "the two companies are an example for the Northern Dutch provinces with their sustainable initiatives".

SoluForce and Groningen Seaports will jointly construct an infrastructure for the transport of green hydrogen in Delfzijl and the Eemshaven. SoluForce supplies the SoluForce Gas Tight pipe system and Groningen Seaports takes care of the construction. Hydrogen can provide an important solution for fluctuations in the green energy supply. Although currently hydrogen is still very expensive, the use of SoluForce Flexible Composite Pipes will significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen transportation and usage.

In the contest, SoluForce and Groningen Seaports took on Stercore and Enerpy. Stercore makes sustainable energy from manure and digestate from co-digesters, without generating waste. Enerpy converts organic waste streams into raw materials using radiolysis, a technology that is similar to pyrolysis.


With the Northern Enlightenmentz contest, the northern provinces in The Netherlands are inspired by applying promising innovations while giving them a major boost.

A professional jury divided the points, which counted for 60 percent. Visitors to Eemsdeltavisie congress were also allowed to vote (counted for 20 percent) and people could vote via the internet (also counted for 20 percent).

SoluForce won the votes of the professional jury, visitors of the congress and internet votes.

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Left: Robert-Jan Berg, Managing Director, SoluForce. Right: Eertwijn van den Dool, Project Director, Groningen Seaports
Left: Robert-Jan Berg, Managing Director, SoluForce. Right: Eertwijn van den Dool, Project Director, Groningen Seaports
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