Proposal to use wind power from Denmark to create hydrogen for ships
Orsted and the Greater Copenhagen Utility (HOFOR) are planning a green energy project that would create synergies between the companies’ plans for offshore energy and onshore green energy infrastructure to support the Green Fuels for Denmark project, including the hydrogen potentially generated for the shipping industry.
“European ambitions for renewable hydrogen and sustainable fuels have grown significantly over the past year, mainly outside Denmark, but as a country we can still play an important role in this part of the transformation global green ”, said Anders Nordstrøm, Managing Director. of Orsted’s hydrogen activities. “Green Fuels for Denmark is a large-scale flagship project perfectly suited to realizing Denmark’s great potential as a producer of sustainable fuels for heavy transport. The agreement with HOFOR underlines the partnership’s firm belief that green fuels for Denmark can significantly contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and create a new industrial stronghold for Denmark. “
Green Fuels for Denmark is the country’s ambitious vision for the large-scale production of sustainable fuels. The plan foresees three phases with a total electrolysis capacity of approximately 10 MW, 250 MW and 1,300 MW, and a potential for carbon emissions of up to 850,000 tonnes per year. Some of the shipping industry leaders involved in the Green Fuels for Denmark initiative include AP Moller – Maersk, DSV Panalpina and DFDS, as well as SAS, Copenhagen Airports and Orsted.
As part of the deal, Orsted and HOFOR will work to enable Orsted to use the energy produced on HOFOR’s 250 MW offshore wind farm project in the Oresund Strait, while HOFOR could place the under -station of the offshore wind farm in the premises of the Avedore power station operated by Orsted. By linking the wind farm and the PtX plant, Orsted and HOFOR will seek to achieve both technical and commercial synergies, subject to regulatory approvals.
The power of the Aflandshage wind farm could enable part of the green fuels for Denmark’s second phase of 250 MW and meet electricity demand for the first phase of the project, the companies noted. In addition, it could potentially power the proposed electrolysis plant which will supply hydrogen to the hydrogen ferry offered by DFDS between Copenhagen and Oslo.
The wind farm is currently under development and, subject to regulatory approvals, HOFOR expects the project to deliver the first power in 2024/2025.