Ørsted offshore wind-powered hydrogen job secures funding

Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted has actually made a final investment choice to proceed with the development of an eco-friendly hydrogen presentation job which will be powered by two offshore wind turbines.

After years of increasing its supremacy as a world leading overseas wind developer, Ørsted has actually lately been examining methods which its overseas wind possessions can diversify the company and power the production of “green” or sustainable hydrogen.

Ørsted is already part of 2 consortiums which are investigating the role that eco-friendly electrical energy generation, particularly offshore wind, can play in production hydrogen– called green hydrogen.

In February 2020, the Gigastack task– which consists of Ørsted and a group of other companies– received ₤ 7.5 million in financing from the British Federal government to continue with the next stage of the task to utilize electrical energy generated from electrical energy created by Ørsted’s Hornsea Two 1.4 GW offshore wind farm to produce hydrogen.

In August 2020, Ørsted became part of another consortium in Germany, named H2 Westküste GmbH, which got support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy to develop a 30MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen from electricity produced by an offshore wind farm.

“The financing from the German Federal Ministry for Economíc Affairs and Energy to the Westküste 100 project is a significant action forward for our hydrogen company,” stated Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO, Ørsted Offshore, speaking in August.

“Westküste 100 is our 3rd hydrogen job– and the first one in Germany– found eligible for public funding, and we’re really excited about the potential customers of supporting heavy markets and heavy transport with clean alternatives based upon sustainable hydrogen.”

In reality, by the time of writing, Ørsted exposed that over the past 18 months it had partnered with different consortia in 7 eco-friendly hydrogen jobs in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

The business’s dedication to producing green hydrogen lastly began to take shape this week after Ørsted announced on Wednesday that it had actually taken final investment decision on the Danish green hydrogen presentation job H2RES which will utilize the business’s 2 3.6 MW overseas wind turbines at Avedøre Holme in Copenhagen, Denmark to power an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen by the end of the year.

The H2RES presentation project will serve as Ørsted’s first sustainable hydrogen project in operation and marks the first concrete step in the company’s “green journey, where the power of offshore wind will be utilized to decarbonise society beyond direct electrification, using a path towards absolutely no emissions for otherwise difficult to abate sectors.”

As demonstration projects are wont to be, H2RES will start little, with a capability of only 2MW and produce approximately 1,000 kg of eco-friendly hydrogen daily. The hydrogen will then be used to fuel road transportation in Greater Copenhagen and on the Danish island of Zealand.

Notably, Ørsted expects that the task will start producing its very first hydrogen in late 2021.

“We see eco-friendly hydrogen and other sustainable fuels as cornerstones in reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, and H2RES will contribute with essential knowings to turn Europe’s ambitious build-out targets for renewable hydrogen into a brand-new industrial success story,” said Martin Neubert.

“With the ideal structure in place that incentivises the shift away from fossil fuels, sustainable hydrogen can decarbonise transportation and heavy market, which is paramount to producing a world that runs totally on green energy.”

“Renewable hydrogen will be a cornerstone in achieving Denmark’s enthusiastic decarbonisation target,” said Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Ørsted’s hydrogen activities.

“H2RES is an example of how public co-funding combined with a committed hydrogen industry and enthusiastic offtakers can drive the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

H2RES is a small however crucial action towards large-scale sustainable hydrogen production, and it will enable us to show how overseas wind combined with onshore electrolysis can use decarbonisation beyond direct electrification.”

Ørsted’s H2RES project may likewise show beneficial to Australian hydrogen plans, with the possible to function as a worldwide proof of the authenticity of green hydrogen.

Australia’s hydrogen technique initially got a dedication of $AU370 million to advance the country’s hydrogen industry, and though efforts stopped working to make sure a dedication to produce hydrogen just from renewable resource sources, the method nevertheless aims to “integrate more inexpensive renewable generation, decrease dependence on imported fuels, and help in reducing carbon emissions in Australia and all over the world.”

Australia likewise wishes to develop ‘Hydrogen Hubs’ for production and export of hydrogen to the country’s major energy trading partners throughout the Asia Pacific area. A clutch of recent hydrogen activity even served to push Australia to its greatest position ever on the Ernst & & Young (EY) Renewable Energy Country Appearance Index.

In September 2020, Australian researchers at the University of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources discovered a method to integrate solar PV and water harvested from the air to produce inexpensive green hydrogen.

In November, prepares for a huge green hydrogen production center in Western Australia came an action better to realisation after it protected an agreement with Western Power to undertake preliminary studies for brand-new transmission network link.

Japanese giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in November bought a stake in H2U Investments, the holding entity of H2U Group, that includes the Hydrogen Energy, or H2U, whose present jobs include the South Australia government-backed $250 million Eyre Peninsula Gateway Hydrogen Job.

At the very same time, Australian energy utility Origin Energy flagged strategies to establish a huge 300MW electrolyser in Townsville and production of more than 36,000 tonnes of green hydrogen a year for the export markets.

While in December Australian renewable energy designer CWP Renewables joined a group of 7 of the world’s most significant green hydrogen task developers and partners to introduce the Green Hydrogen Catapult effort, which is targeting the release of 25GW through 2026.

Australia is banking on creating an international export network for its lots of and varied hydrogen production strategies, and in November the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney released a research study developed to test the practicality of establishing a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between Australia and Germany.

“The great renewable resource capacity, infrastructure and energy exporting expertise, together with the manufacturing quality and energy import needs of Germany, provides these nations with a perfect chance to develop a hydrogen worth chain partnership that integrates their relative strengths and interests,” stated Associate Professor Iain MacGill, who will lead the research study.

“However, there are still significant difficulties, with associated unpredictabilities and threats, to conquer.

This research study will assist us jointly plot a pathway to resolve these obstacles and seize the opportunity for a vibrant sustainable hydrogen sector in and across these countries, and beyond.”

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