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Orsted breaks ground on its first renewable hydrogen project


Orsted, the danish renewable energy giant, has started its first renewable hydrogen project; located in Avedore Holme, Copenhagen, this is the first renewable hydrogen project run by Orsted.

Firstly, the news broke this Monday, after the Danish minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities, announced it during the commencement ceremony. The project is called H2RES project; the ceremony marked the breaking of grounds for its construction.

Secondly, the project will have a capacity of 2 megawatts; it located on Orsted’s premises in the area of Avedore Holme, in Copenhagen, as said above. The project is devoted to investigate how to best combine an efficient electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind.

Thirdly, the project will use Orsted’s two 3.6 MW offshore wind turbines at Avedore Holme. When fully operational, it will produce around 1000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen a day; which will be used to fuel zero-emission road transport in the Greater Copenhagen area and on Zealand.

Moreover, the company expects to have the project up and running by the end of 2021. Although this is the first fully Orsted’s project; over the last three years the company has developed, with partners, nine renewable hydrogen projects.

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Not the first renewable hydrogen project developed by Orsted

In addition, it has built its renewable energy solutions, regarding hydrogen, in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Those solutions include hydrogen like the H2RES, but also others with industrial-scale, like the 1,300 MW Green Fuels project in Denmark.

In fact, the H2RES project had an investment participation of the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP); granted by the Danish Energy Agency. The figure was about 34,6 million, specifically for the development of the H2RES project.

On the other hand, Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Orsted’s hydrogen activities, said. “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 centerpiece in the green transformation of the European economy to net-zero emissions by 2050.”

Finally, he said. “At Orsted, we believe that renewable hydrogen can become an industrial stronghold of several European economies, including Denmark; while also contributing significantly to bringing down emissions from the hard-to-abate sectors in transport and industry.”

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