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Danish hydrogen project advances despite Shell's exit

Utility Trefor wants to establish an extra substation for handling power to project Hysynergy near Shell's refinery in Fredericia, Denmark, where the oil giant's expected divestment isn't making the project manager fear for plans entailing gigawatts.

Photo: Trefor Elnet

These weeks, Power-to-X is ubiquitous in the Danish public debate. A recent announcement from utility Ørsted, shipping major Maersk and a range of other heavyweights in the country's industry on establishing an electrolysis plant of 1.3 GW has, along with last week's politically agreed climate deal, pushed the hopeful conversion technology to the very top of the energy agenda.

Danish company Everfuel, meanwhile, has been at work promoting the technology for years. Among other efforts, in the Hysynergy project, which was made concrete in November when the consortium behind the project announced plans to establish an electrolysis facility of 20 MW near oil giant Shell's refinery in Fredericia by 2022/2023. While the oil firm stated that it planned to construct a hydrogen plant with a gigawatt capacity.

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