Kees van der Leun is a Director at Guidehouse, advising companies and governments on their energy transition strategies, with a focus on system integration. Kees is a creative strategist, building on 35 years of experience in many different areas of the energy transition, and leveraging the full value of the wide range of expertise available within Guidehouse. He is a strong communicator, both in stakeholder engagement, and, for a wider audience, on social media.
Kees leads the development of strategies for the energy system of the future, both large-scale (North Sea energy system, future role of gas in low-emission energy systems) and bottom-up (zero-emission heating of homes and its implications for energy infrastructure). He is a project director in work for Gas for Climate, the European Hydrogen Backbone, and North Sea Wind Power Hub.
Aside from the technology needed to produce hydrogen, location of production is of equal importance to both cost effectiveness and use of land. Governments and developers will need to decide whether to meet demand and the lowest cost hydrogen is best produced on site next to renewables, or whether energy is transported from areas with high volume low-cost renewable energy to centralised hydrogen plants.
• Should developers put their efforts into several big projects that can meet capacities or a mix of smaller localised and regional projects?
• Examining the cost basis for localised projects vs. importing
• How issues of space to deploy projects will affect cost, especially in the European context with less space available
• Ensuring that green hydrogen remains green after transportation - how can foreign production be tracked to ensure renewables are used?