A Shell-led consortium has won Dutch government backing for its FlexH2 offshore-wind-to-hydrogen research project that it said could push down annual transmission costs from 4GW of capacity by €100m ($112.73m).

FlexH2, which stands for Flexible Offshore Wind Hydrogen Power Plant Module, aims to develop technology that researchers said will accelerate the scale-up of offshore wind, green hydrogen production and its integration into the energy system.

The Dutch government is contributing with a €4m ($4.5m) grant under its MOOI-SIGOHE tender scheme, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) said, while the partners of the GROW consortium led by the oil supermajor are investing about €5m in the research project that will kick off in April 2022 and last for four years.