Ørsted has taken final investment decision on the H2RES demonstration project, which will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen
The project is expected to produce its first hydrogen in late 2021 and will be Ørsted’s first renewable hydrogen project to enter operation. The project will be implemented at Avedøre Holme in Copenhagen, Denmark.
H2RES will have a capacity of 2 MW. The facility will produce up to 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen daily, which will be used as fuel for road transport in Greater Copenhagen and on Zealand.
The project will investigate how to best combine an electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using two 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at Avedøre Holme.
Ørsted Offshore executive vice president and chief executive Martin Neubert said, “We see renewable hydrogen and other sustainable fuels as central to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
“H2RES will contribute key learnings that will help turn Europe’s ambitious build-out targets for renewable hydrogen into reality.
“With the right framework in place that incentivises the shift away from fossil fuels, renewable hydrogen can decarbonise transport and heavy industry.”
Over the last 18 months, Ørsted has partnered with a number of consortia in seven renewable hydrogen projects in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Ørsted vice president and head of hydrogen Anders Nordstrøm said, “Renewable hydrogen will be a cornerstone in achieving Denmark’s ambitious decarbonisation target.
“H2RES is an example of how public co-funding coupled with a committed hydrogen industry and ambitious off-takers can drive the decarbonisation in 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 decarbonisation beyond direct electrification.”
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