Danish developer Ørsted has made a final investment decision to build its 2MW electrolysis plant near Copenhagen, which will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen.
It expects its H2RES renewable hydrogen project at Avedøre to produce its first hydrogen output later this year.
Ørsted’s vice president heralded the project as, “a small but important step towards large-scale renewable hydrogen production”.
Anders Nordstrøm said: “Renewable hydrogen will be a cornerstone in achieving Denmark's ambitious decarbonisation target.”
He added: “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."
H2RES will be powered by two existing Siemens Gamesa 3.6MW wind turbines installed near Ørsted's Avedøre biomass power station to produce around 1,000kg of hydrogen daily.
The fuel will then be used for road transport in Greater Copenhagen, including hydrogen-fuelled buses, trucks and taxis.
The project has been realised as part of a Danish government grant of DKK 34.6 million (€4.6 million) awarded in 2019, to an Ørsted-led consortium of Danish firms, including Everfuel Europe, NEL Hydrogen, GreenHydrogen, DSV Panalpina, Hydrogen Denmark and Energinet Elsystemansvar.
Ørsted confirmed that alongside its different partners it is working on seven renewable hydrogen projects across Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The H2RES project is expected to produce its first hydrogen fuel at the end of the year, which will make it Ørsted's first renewable hydrogen project in operation.