Orsted and a group of industrial partners will build a 2 MW electrolysis plant and hydrogen storage facility after winning financial support from Denmark’s Energy Agency (DEA).
The seven partners have been awarded DKK34.6 million for the H2RES project, which will demonstrate the use of offshore wind energy to produce hydrogen for use in the transport sector.
Hydrogen production is expected to reach 600 kg per day, which will be enough to meet the needs of 20-30 buses and, in parallel, allow testing in trucks and taxis. The electrolysis plant will be powered by two Siemens Gamesa 3.6 MW offshore wind turbines.
"Renewable hydrogen has the potential to become a cornerstone of Denmark's ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 and in the transition to a world that runs exclusively on green energy,” said Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Ørsted's hydrogen activities.
The consortium also includes Everfuel Europe, NEL Hydrogen, GreenHydrogen, DSV Panalpina, the hydrogen industry and Energinet Elsystemansvar. The funding awarded to the H2RES project is the largest among the 53 projects which have received finance from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme in this second 2019 call for applications, Orsted said.
“The interest in green zero-emission fuel is huge, especially in the metropolitan area. Hydrogen produced when there is excess renewable energy provides the opportunity to make 100 per cent green, pollution-free fuel,” said Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO, Everfuel.
Nel ASA chief executive Jon Andre Lokke said: “Denmark is a global front runner within renewable energy and has a pole position in leading the way for renewable hydrogen to be the energy source of choice for heavy-duty transportation.
“The realisation of the H2RES project will be an important step towards developing a nationwide infrastructure for renewable hydrogen, and we look forward to working with Orsted and the H2RES partners on this and future projects.”
Green Hydrogen chief executive Niels-Arne Baden said: “This is a very important project for us to be a part of, and we're looking forward to the cooperation.
“Orsted is leading the way for the wind industry when it comes to the concrete use of hydrogen.”