The project is expected to produce its first hydrogen in late 2021 and will be Ørsted's first renewable hydrogen project in operation, aiming to leverage offshore wind with the aim of decarbonization.
H2RES will have a capacity of 2 MW and will produce up to around 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen daily, which will be used to fuel road transport in Greater Copenhagen and on Zealand.
We see renewable hydrogen and other sustainable fuels as cornerstones in reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, and H2RES will contribute with key learnings to turn Europe's ambitious build-out targets for renewable hydrogen into a new industrial success story. With the right framework in place that incentivises the shift away from fossil fuels, renewable hydrogen can decarbonise transport and heavy industry, which is paramount to creating a world that runs entirely on green energy,
...Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, says.
Hydrogen from wind or solar power is a fossil-free fuel, seen by by governments and policy makers as a particularly attractive solution for decarbonization of industrial and transport sectors, in line also with the EU Green Deal.
As explained, the practically unlimited global offshore wind resources are ideally suited to power renewable hydrogen electrolysis. The H2RES project will investigate how to best combine an electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using Ørsted's two 3.6 MW offshore wind turbines at Avedøre Holme, south of Copenhagen.
Renewable hydrogen will be a cornerstone in achieving Denmark's ambitious decarbonisation target. H2RES is an example of how public co-funding coupled with a committed hydrogen industry and ambitious offtakers can drive the decarbonisation of the transport sector. 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,
...added Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Ørsted's hydrogen activities.
The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) under the Danish Energy Agency has previously awarded DKK 34.6 million for the development of the H2RES project.