Ørsted is set to have its first renewable hydrogen project in operation in Denmark.
On 20 January, it announced that it had taken a final investment decision on the H2RES renewable hydrogen demonstration project at Avedøre Holme in Copenhagen. The 2MW project is set to use offshore wind to produce up to around 1,000kg of renewable hydrogen daily to fuel road transport in Greater Copenhagen and on Zealand. It is anticipated to produce its first hydrogen in late 2021.
The project will investigate the best way to combine an electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, with Ørsted noting that the “practically unlimited” global offshore wind resources mean it is ideally suited to power renewable hydrogen electrolysis.
Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, Martin Neubert, said: “We see renewable hydrogen and other sustainable fuels as cornerstones in reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, and H2RES will contribute with key learnings to turn Europe’s ambitious build-out targets for renewable hydrogen into a new industrial success story. With the right framework in place that incentivises the shift away from fossil fuels, renewable hydrogen can decarbonise transport and heavy industry, which is paramount to creating a world that runs entirely on green energy.”