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Denmark’s 1GW green hydrogen production facility receives approval

17 January 2024

H2 Energy Europe has announced that it has received environmental approval for its large-scale green hydrogen production facility in Esbjerg, Denmark. This achievement marks a milestone for the project, bringing it closer to a Final Investment Decision (FID).

Image: H2 Energy
Image: H2 Energy

H2 Energy Europe’s project aligns with Esbjerg’s Vision 2025, which aims to transform the municipality into a sustainable energy metropolis. The facility, with a 1 GW electrolysis capacity, will contribute to the local economy by creating approximately 60 permanent jobs and up to 700 jobs during the construction phase. Additionally, the facility will also produce CO2-neutral surplus heat, which has the potential to supply the majority of households in Esbjerg with district heating.

The facility will also support the decarbonisation of heavy industries and road transportation, while also serving as chemical feedstock for the production of sustainable e-fuels like methanol and ammonia. Completion of the project is slated for 2028 and H2 Energy says it will play a vital role in distributing the green hydrogen produced by the facility to other countries in Europe, bolstering Denmark’s economy.

H2 Energy said in a statement that it acknowledges there will be challenges ahead. Mark Pedersen, Operations Manager at H2 Energy Europe, said: “Our foremost priority is the safety of our operations. Achieving an environmental approval for a project of this size and at such an early stage in the year highlights our commitment to ensuring the well-being of our community. It also reflects the supportive and forward-thinking approach of Esbjerg municipality. We are deeply grateful for their cooperation and shared vision in making this project a reality.”

Pedersen added: “Our facility is set to revolutionise the way we think about wastewater by transforming it from local treatment plants into green hydrogen. This innovative approach is expected to absorb more than 1 million cubic meters of water annually for electrolysis. This will significantly reduce the strain on drinking water and groundwater resources, further advancing our mission towards sustainable development.”

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