Denmark provide $19 million to hydrogen production

The Danish government has announced the development of two renewables-powered energy storage projects, GreenLab P2X and HySynergy. The stored energy will be used as a fuel for buses, aircraft, and ships. Both projects of renewable electricity conversion into hydrogen will be financially supported by two separate investments of DKK 80 million and DKK 48 million ($19 million). The goal of the program is to strengthen Denmark’s position in the global clean energy market.

  • GreenLab — is an industrial green business park located in Skive on the Jutland Peninsula, which produces green energy and supplies it to the enterprises located in the park, as well as stores the green energy in all its forms – power, heat, and electrofuels. “As a part of the P2X project, we are building the world’s first green, full-scale, combined hydrogen and methanol plant to support green transport”, says Steen Harding Hintze, Director of Development in GreenLab. “It is ground-breaking that we have created a project that brings together all the necessary players needed to succeed with P2X – from the wind producers to the hydrogen producers to the sales link. There are 11 partners involved – all with different areas of expertise, but all with a shared ambition”.
  • The second project, called HySynergy (Everfuel company), will be built in Fredericia, in the southeastern part of Jutland. “We have been working on this project for a couple of years now, and are delighted to see that Jacob Krogsgaard and his team in Everfuel are taking another important step towards realizing renewable hydrogen production next to the refinery in Fredericia”, – says Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel which holds a minority interest in Everfuel. Everfuel will be the owner and operator of the hydrogen plant and Shell will be the main consumer of hydrogen from the cell. Also, Everfuel plans to install hydrogen storage stations, gas stations and operate hydrogen trailers to supply hydrogen fuel to Denmark.

Dan Jorgensen, the Minister of climate, energy, and utilities, said: “The projects have strong players behind and are part of industrial symbiosis with a great connection to the current industry”. Both projects will be implemented from 2020 to 2025.

As a separate event, the Danish power supplier Ørsted announced that it has received DKK 34.6 million from the Danish Energy Agency for the construction of a 2MW electrolysis plant with appurtenant hydrogen storage. The project partners are Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S, Everfuel Europe A/S, GreenHydrogen A/S, DSV Panalpina A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S and Hydrogen Denmark.

Environmentally friendly hydrogen will be produced for automobile transport using electricity from two Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 3.6 MW located in Avedøre, south of Copenhagen.

“Heavy road transport is one of the sectors which can be made greener by indirect electrification with hydrogen produced from renewable sources. However, renewable hydrogen is currently more expensive than hydrogen produced from gas or coal. Therefore, it’s important for us to be able to demonstrate the technology and gather experience, that will make it possible to scale up the technology and make it more efficient so that we’ll be able to produce renewable hydrogen at a price which can compete with the price of the fossil-based alternatives”explained Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Ørsted’s hydrogen activities.

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