Ørsted breaks ground on first renewable hydrogen project

Danish energy minister Dan Jørgensen led the groundbreaking ceremony of Ørsted’s H2RES – the developer’s first green hydrogen project

Turbines near Ørsted's Avedøre biomass plant will be used to power the hydrogen project

Ørsted has started construction on its first renewable hydrogen project – a small pilot project at its premises premises on Avedøre Holme in Copenhagen, Denmark 

It will use its 2MW H2RES project to investigate how to best combine an efficient electrolyser with fluctuating wind power supply generated by two Siemens Gamesa 3.6MW offshore wind turbines at the site. 

The facility will produce up to around one tonne of renewable hydrogen per day in order to fuel zero-emission road transport in the Greater Copenhagen area and on Zealand. 

Ørsted expects to produce the first hydrogen from the facility later this year.

Working with partners, Ørsted has established nine renewable hydrogen projects in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK in less than three years. These projects range across demonstration projects like H2RES to industrial-scale facilities such as the potentially 1.3GW 'Green Fuels for Denmark' project.

“H2RES will be a small, but very important first step in realising Ørsted's large ambitions for renewable hydrogen, which has fast proven itself as a centrepiece in the green transformation of the European economy to net-zero emissions by 2050” said Anders Nordstrøm, vice president and fead of Ørsted's hydrogen and power-to-x activities.

The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) under the Danish Energy Agency has previously awarded DKK 34.6 million (€4.65 million) to the development of the H2RES project to Ørsted, Everfuel Europe, NEL Hydrogen, Green Hydrogen Systems, DSV Panalpina, Hydrogen Denmark, and Energinet Elsystemansvar.