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EUR 11 million awarded for green ammonia project; targets to market product as bunker fuel

28 Jun 2021

The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) has awarded approximately EUR 11 million to a green ammonia project managed by the three partners Skovgaard Invest, Vestas, and Haldor Topsoe.

The project aims at building a 10 MW green ammonia plant directly coupled to local wind and solar power generation. The plant is expected to be operational by 2023, making it the world’s first green ammonia plant of its kind.

“Green ammonia has huge potential in the global effort to substitute fossil fuels with sustainable alternatives. It has been highlighted as a superior green fuel for international shipping that currently accounts for around 2% of global energy-related CO2 emissions,” said Haldor Topsoe in a statement.

“Already today, ammonia is used as fertilizer globally and the production from fossil fuels accounts for around 1% of global CO2 emissions.”

Topsoe will design the plant’s dynamic ammonia technology to secure optimal production and adapt to the inherent fluctuations in power output from wind turbines and solar panels.

The ammonia plant will interface to a green hydrogen solution developed by Vestas, integrating electrolysis with wind and solar in one smart control system. In addition, the renewable energy generation will be connected directly to the national grid so surplus power can be sold to the grid.

The partnership will jointly invest in the project.

Kim Grøn Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Topsoe:
”We are proud, that the Danish technology program acknowledges our project as being unique, when it comes to developing and demonstrating new energy technology that holds a global potential. The green ammonia plant is a prime example of how renewable electricity can be converted to sustainable fuels via electrolysis. For us, this is one of more partnerships showing that we already today have the technologies to introduce new clean solutions showcased by this green ammonia project.

Bjarke Mollerup Bitsch, Business Development at Skovgaard Invest:

“At Skovgaard Invest, we expect that the REDDAP project will build on our capability within practical execution, power-to-X project planning, and provide us with an opportunity to gain expertise in daily operations of a fully dynamic ammonia plant. We wish to play a role in the future power-to-X industry, and the REDDAP project will mark the starting point of a learning curve, that we and many others in the industry are facing. We believe that crucial know-how can be drawn from the demonstration project, which will then feed in to future industrial scale projects. More long term, we also hope to be able to demonstrate how the vast renewable resources in West Jutland, coupled with flexible power consumption in power-to-X, can generate new jobs and opportunities in a part of the country where that can seem difficult at times.”

Ole Kiil Nielsen, Vice President and Head of Power-To-X Solutions at Vestas:
“We are excited to move forward with the world’s first fully dynamic industrial-scale renewable ammonia plant as it highlights the viability of electrification beyond the power sector. The project demonstrates an integrated power-to-X use case with significant demand potential. Vestas is uniquely positioned to integrate renewable energy with other technologies and we are proud to lay the foundation for scalable power-to-X production together with our partners on this project.”

 

Photo credit: Haldor Topsoe
Published: 28 June, 2021

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