The city of Esbjerg, home to us here in the MERE group, situated at the west coast of Denmark and for a long time the hub for energy from the North Sea, now will be adding a new energy source to its portfolio of energy resources: P2X (see more about what and why P2X is, here). Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has announced a plan to set up a production facility to convert excess energy form wind turbines in the North Sea into hydrogen. Hydrogen is a jack of all trades for a variety of applied energy sources among which are fuels suited for maritime and air transport and inputs to agriculture as well as waste from agriculture. Accordingly, the project is formed in cooperation with large companies in shipping and agriculture as well as local energy companies who can exploit excess heat from the production for local households. The project is to be backed by a cooperation with some of the largest companies and organizations in Denmark such as A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Arla, DFDS and DLG. When finished in 2026 the plant will be the largest in Europe and will help in the Danish ambition to reach a reduction of carbon dioxide in 2030 by 70%. (Energy Supply DK). The project also fits well with the Danish plan to erect an artificial energy island in the North Sea to collect energy from large wind turbine parks.

Photo credit:“esbjerg harbour” by _gee_ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Primary text: Henning Jørgensen