Danish companies to collaborate on sustainable marine fuel project

Photo: Maersk

A cluster of Danish companies including shipowners Maersk and DFDS and energy firm Ørsted have begun collaborating on the development of sustainable fuels for use in marine transport.

The partners involved in the project seek to establish a new hydrogen and e-fuel production facility in the Greater Copenhagen Area. The facility is scheduled to be completed by 2023 and fully scaled-up by 2030.

The project will require a large-scale supply of renewable electricity, which could potentially come from offshore wind power produced at Rønne Banke off the island of Bornholm.

Maersk expects that its vessels will begin operating on renewable methanol following completion of stage two of the project, which involves the creation of a 250MW electrolyser facility. This facility is due to become operational by 2027 when the first offshore wind power from Bornholm could be delivered.

Stage three, which could be operational by 2030 when the offshore wind potential at Bornholm has been fully developed, would upgrade the project’s electrolyser capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more sustainable CO2, enough to supply more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuels to be used in marine transport as well as buses, trucks, and aircraft.

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