Swiss renewable energy company H2 Energy Europe plans to use electricity generated by offshore wind to produce green hydrogen to power trucks.
It has bought a 0.11km2 plot near Esbjerg in Denmark from the city government for an undisclosed fee, where it intends to build the 1GW electrolysis capacity for the project.
The developer aims to buy power from offshore wind farms and then convert green electricity from offshore wind into green hydrogen, which can be used directly in trucks and other heavy land-based transport.
Its project could be commissioned as early as 2024 depending on permits and other approvals, it stated.
H2 Energy Europe’s director Clifford zur Nieden explained that Esbjerg on the west coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula is a good location for the project as it is on the North Sea coast, and close to offshore wind farms. Esbjerg is also a good location for exporting to large industrial areas in Germany and northern Europe, where a major share of production is expected to be hydrogen-based in the future, he added.
Investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Plans also chose Esbjerg as the site for an offshore wind-powered, 1GW electrolysis plant that would produce green ammonia for the agriculture and shipping sectors.
Esbjerg is a hub for the offshore wind sector with test sites and port facilities.
Meanwhile, H2 Energy already produces green hydrogen in Switzerland and has nearly 50 hydrogen trucks in operation and a network of hydrogen refuelling stations.
Its director Nieden called for an accelerated construction of hydrogen pipelines to help drive the uptake of green hydrogen.