Danish renewables firm Ørsted has broken ground on its first renewable hydrogen project.
Earlier today, the Danish minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities, Dan Jørgensen, initiated the onsite construction of H2RES in Copenhagen.
The project will have a capacity of 2 megawatts (MW) and will be situated on Ørsted’s premises at Avedøre Holme.
It’s designed to investigate how best to combine an efficient electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using Ørsted’s two 3.6 MW offshore wind turbines at the site.
Fuel from the facility, which is estimated to produce up to around 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen a day, will be used in road transport in the Greater Copenhagen area and on Zealand.
First hydrogen is expected later this year.
In less than three years, Ørsted has, with partners, established nine renewable hydrogen projects in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Anders Nordstrøm, vice president and head of Ørsted’s hydrogen and PtX activities, says: “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.
“At Ørsted, 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.”