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Haldor Topsoe joins ambitious sustainable e-fuel project in Denmark

Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries is the latest Danish technology major to join a consortium of compatriots to develop ground-breaking hydrogen and sustainable electro-fuel facility based on electrolysis in the Greater Copenhagen Area. The project is expected to be executed by 2030 in three stages, achieving the capacity of 10 MW in 2023, 250 MW in 2027, and 1.3 GW in 2030 respectively.

Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries is the latest Danish technology major to join a consortium of compatriots to develop ground-breaking hydrogen and sustainable electro-fuel facility based on electrolysis to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Greater Copenhagen Area (image courtesy Ørsted).

Announced in May 2020, the ambitious electro-fuel (e-fuel) project has a consortium partnership of leading Danish companies covering the whole value chain for the production, distribution, and consumption of renewable hydrogen and sustainable e-fuels for transportation.

For sustainable fuels to become competitive with fossil fuels, technologies must be matured and ultimately become available and proven on an industrial scale. Partnerships like this are the way to achieve that. Topsoe contributes to this transition with the necessary carbon emission reduction technologies, particularly within efficient hydrogen production from solid oxide cell electrolysis (SOEC) and proven technologies to produce sustainable fuels like jet fuel, ammonia, and methanol, which are in focus in this project, said Roeland Baan, CEO of Haldor Topsoe. CEO.

Haldor Topsoe has recently joined the project and the consortium partners include Copenhagen Airports (CPH), container shipping major A.P. Møller – Maersk, road logistics provider DSV Panalpina, passenger and RoRo ferry operator DFDS Seaways, air carrier Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), energy major Ørsted A/S, hydrogen technology provider NEL Hydrogen A/S and hydrogen infrastructure developer Everfuel Europe A/S.

Topsoe will contribute with know-how about technologies that convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into sustainable methanol and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using green hydrogen produced from the electrolysis of water using renewable power.

Apart from a triple-digit million investment from the companies within the project, the partners have applied for substantial funding from Innovation Fund Denmark.

Three-phase Giga-project

The project, expected to be finalized by 2030, will be located in the Greater Copenhagen Area and executed in three stages. The first stage, which could be operational by as early as 2023, will comprise a 10 MW electrolysis plant producing renewable hydrogen for trucks and potentially buses.

By 2027, the stage two facility equipped with a 250 MW electrolysis plant will combine the production of renewable hydrogen with the capture of CO2 from the combustion of municipal waste or biomass to produce renewable methanol for maritime vessels and SAF for aviation.

Stage three will upgrade the electrolysis plant’s capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more CO2.

With the large-scale supply of renewable electricity needed, the timing of phases two and three will depend on the execution of the offshore wind power project off the island of Bornholm in Denmark.

Haldor Topsoe’s involvement in world-scale projects to reduce carbon emissions also includes delivering ammonia technology for the world’s largest green hydrogen production facility sited in NEOM, Saudi Arabia. The recently announced NEOM project will produce 650 tonnes per day of carbon-free hydrogen to power buses and trucks around the world.

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