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Orsted breaks ground on Danish wind-to-hydrogen project

Danish renewables developer Orsted has broken ground on a green hydrogen project in Copenhagen, the company reported on May 17.

The H2RES facility is due online in late 2021 and will convert up to 2 MW of wind energy into around 1,000 kg of green hydrogen/day, which will be used to fuel road transport in the greater Copenhagen area and on the island of Zealand, Orsted said. The wind power will come from Orsted's two offshore turbines at Avedore Holme.

Orsted sold its LNG operations to commodities trader Glencore in December last year, in order to focus more on wind, solar and bioenergy generation as well as energy storage. It still retains a gas supply business, however. The company has established nine green hydrogen projects in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, the largest of which is the 1.3-GW Green Fuels for Denmark project.

"H2RES will be a small, but very important first step in realising Orsted'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," the company said. "At Orsted, 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."