Several major Danish firms have formed the first partnership of its kind to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area, the consortium partners announced Tuesday.
Along with shipping giant A.P. Moller - Maersk and major offshore wind developer Orsted, the other Danish heavyweights include Copenhagen Airports, logistics company DSV Panalpina, ferry firm DFDS and Scandinavian airline SAS.
The consortium aims to develop a new ground-breaking hydrogen and e-fuel production facility as soon as 2023.
The companies project that when fully scaled-up by 2030, the project could deliver more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel for busses, trucks, maritime vessels, and airplanes every year.
They plan for production to be potentially based on a total electrolyzer capacity of 1.3 gigawatts, which would likely make it one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind.
The production from the fully-scaled facility, which will be located in the greater Copenhagen area, can reduce annual carbon emissions by 850,000 tonnes.
The facility is expected to supply renewable hydrogen for zero-emission busses tendered by Movia and heavy-duty trucks managed by DSV Panalpina, renewable methanol for A.P. Moller - Maersk vessels and renewable jet fuel (e-kerosene) for SAS airplanes and air transport out of Copenhagen airports.
The companies noted the project will require a large-scale supply of renewable electricity, which could potentially come from offshore wind power produced at Ronne Banke off the island of Bornholm.
“Whether we operate in road transport, shipping or aviation, we all have a major task to contribute to the sustainable transition in Denmark," Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport, was quoted as saying.
Woldbye noted the project also supports the ambition to transition Danish aviation to become completely free of carbon emissions by 2050, making Denmark a pioneer in the development of future climate-friendly fuels.
“This project provides a first step in the massive transformation to produce and distribute sustainable energy. In Denmark, we have an opportunity now to accelerate the green transformation and take the lead in powering the future with sustainable energy and I am pleased that we can contribute with concrete actions," Soren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk, added.
By Ebru Sengul Cevrioglu