May 23, 2022 | Marine environment & clean shipping news, Maritime business news

Danish company Topsoe has announced its intention to construct what it believes to be the world’s largest and most advanced industrial scale electrolyser production plant, in order to help accelerate the adoption of  green solutions to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors including shipping.

The new electrolyser production plant, which will be constructed in Herning, Denmark, should be operational by 2024 and have an annual capacity of 500MW with scalability up to 5GW, making it one of the first industrial scale plants of its kind. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2021, subject to Board and other regulatory approvals.

Roeland Baan, CEO Topsoe, said: ”We are willing and able to support society’s green ambitions and the need to accelerate the energy transition, and we have the technology to do it. With our new electrolyser production plant, we lead the way in speeding up commercial-size Power-to-X solutions, and we do it with our highly innovative technology that outmatches  technologies currently in the market.”

Topsoe is seeing considerable interest in Power-to-X solutions and is in advanced discussion with a number of potential partners over future offtake agreements and commitments to reserve capacity from the electrolyser plant.

Developing a strong Power-to-X industry in Europe will enforce EU’s ambitions of being independent of energy imports from other regions. The milestone in ensuring large-scale availability of electrolysers for Power-to-X solutions takes place at the same time as Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and state leaders from Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium signed an agreement, in which the parties agree to invest in a 10-fold capacity increase of offshore wind by 2050. The political agreement ensures significant availability of the renewable power needed to supply future Power-to-X facilities in the EU.

Baan said: “The agreement between the EU Commission and the four North Sea countries is an important step in the transition to renewable energy. At Topsoe, we are also ready to invest. Our mission as a company is to reduce society’s emissions in 2022 by 12m tonnes of CO2. By introducing solutions to decarbonise transportation and other hard to abate-sectors, we secure significant CO2 emissions not only in 2022 but for years to come, while also moving closer to energy independence.”

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