Danish companies team up to build giant fuel plant

Six Danish companies have teamed up to build what could be the biggest electrolyser in the world outside Copenhagen, hoping to turn wind power from a new energy island in the Baltic into green jet fuel for Copenhagen airport, the Local reported. The plant should from 2030 be able to supply annually 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel for buses, trucks, ships and aircraft.

The wind power company Ørsted has teamed up with Copenhagen Airports, the SAS airline, the shipping companies A.P. Moller-Maersk and DFDS, and the logistics company DSV Panalpina, to develop the 1.3GW electrolyser.  "It is a rare occurrence for Danish companies to come together in such a large consortium as this one," , Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen, told the Berlingske newspaper.  "This indicates that there is a big task that needs to be solved, and it will require considerable amounts of capital and innovation."

The partners aim to have the first phase of the hydrogen and e-fuel production facility up and running as early as 2023, when a 10MW electrolyser will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel buses and trucks. It will then rely on the planned development of between 3GW and 5GW of wind power Ørsted hoped to develop around the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Poland.

By 2027, the plant will be expanded to 250MW in time to receive the first deliveries of offshore wind power from the Bornholm project. Fuel from the plant will then be able to displace 5 percent of fossil fuels at Copenhagen Airport.  By 2030, when the Bornholm project is expected to be fully developed, it will be expanded to 1.3GW.

Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen said the plan would help his city meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.  "We're already well underway - with district heating, wind turbines, great biking infrastructure, zero emission buses, a green metro," he said. "But we need new, sustainable technologies to go all the way. Sustainable fuels are an important means in the fight against climate change and air pollution. It brings us one step closer a greener future."

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