Denmark’s 1GW green hydrogen production facility receives environmental approval

H2 Energy Europe has received environmental approval for its large-scale green hydrogen production facility in Esbjerg, Denmark, bringing the project closer to an FID. The 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 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, advancing Europe’s green transition. 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.

While this approval represents a significant milestone for Denmark in leading the way in Power-to-X technology, H2 Energy Europe acknowledges the challenges that lie ahead. The significance of the proposed pipeline, slated for completion by 2028, cannot be overstated, as it will play a vital role in distributing the green hydrogen produced by the facility to other countries in Europe, bolstering Denmark’s economy.

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.

“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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