Ørsted sanctions Danish renewable hydrogen project

Jan. 20, 2021
Ørsted has taken the final investment decision on the Danish demonstration project H2RES, which will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen.

Offshore staff

FREDERICIA, Denmark Ørsted has taken the final investment decision on the H2RES renewable hydrogen demonstration project at Avedøre Holme in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This will be the company’s first renewable hydrogen project in operation. It will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen.

H2RES will have a capacity of 2 MW. The facility is expected to produce up to around 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen daily, which will be used to fuel road transport in Greater Copenhagen and on Zealand. The project is expected to produce first hydrogen in late 2021.

Martin Neubert, executive vice president and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, 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.”

Over the past 18 months, the company has partnered with different consortia in seven renewable hydrogen projects in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

The H2RES project will investigate how to best combine an electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using Ørsted’s two 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at Avedøre Holme.

Anders Nordstrøm, vice president and Head of Ørsted’s hydrogen activities, said: “Renewable hydrogen will be a cornerstone in achieving Denmark’s ambitious decarbonization target. H2RES is an example of how public co-funding coupled with a committed hydrogen industry and ambitious offtakers can drive the decarbonization of the transport sector.

“H2RES is a small but important step towards large-scale renewable hydrogen production, and it will allow us to demonstrate how offshore wind combined with onshore electrolysis can offer decarbonization beyond direct electrification.”

The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme under the Danish Energy Agency has previously awarded DKK 34.6 million ($5.6 million) for the development of the H2RES project to Ørsted, Everfuel Europe A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S, Green Hydrogen Systems A/S, DSV Panalpina A/S, Hydrogen Denmark, and Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S.