Six of Denmark’s biggest companies are teaming up to launch one of the world’s largest green hydrogen projects as they look to create emission-free fuels suitable for ships, trucks, aircraft and heavy industry. Container shipping group AP Moller-Maersk, airline SAS, logistics group DSV Panalpina, ferry line DFDS, Copenhagen Airports and renewable energy company Orsted are aiming to open their first hydrogen facility powered by offshore wind by 2023 and reach full capacity by 2030 as they try to help Denmark achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. No details were given for the value of the financial investments in the project. Henrik Poulsen, chief executive of Orsted, the world’s largest wind farm developer, said that while direct electrification through batteries made sense for cars it did not work for heavier forms of transport and industries such as steel and cement. Royal Dutch Shell is spearheading a similar project in the Netherlands that could increase to 10GW of offshore wind power by 2040 to help provide green hydrogen for heavy industry. Mr Poulsen conceded that green hydrogen was highly expensive currently but pointed to offshore wind where prices had dropped by about three-quarters in the past decade. He added that Orsted was in pilot projects in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands as it saw significant possibilities for green hydrogen.
FT 25th May 2020 read more »
I recently provided Energy Voice with a couple of articles comparing Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). The superior energy efficiency of the BEV was demonstrated supporting the reason why Volkswagen has stopped development of their passenger FCEV. There is much speculation in the automotive press that Mercedes are about to do the same.
Energy Voice 26th May 2020 read more »