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.
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.