Danish Port to explore hydrogen technologies for zero-carbon operations

Danish Port to explore hydrogen technologies for zero-carbon operations

The Port of Hanstholm, Denmark, is set to explore hydrogen technologies as a means to become Europe’s “first” carbon-neutral fishing port with a new letter of intent signed with European Energy.

Revealed on Monday (Jan 3), the partnership will see the two companies jointly explore the establishment of a Power-to-X plant to produce both e-methanol and hydrogen – both of which can be used for zero-carbon mobility.

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With an influx of hydrogen technologies to the port, it could serve as an entryway to wider decarbonisation of crucial industries both in Denmark and Europe.

This can be achieved with the port providing the perfect platform to showcase hydrogen technologies to the rest of Europe and exhibiting the positive impact it can have in reducing carbon emissions.

It is additionally hoped that the project could attract substantial investment into the area and accelerate the development of hydrogen technologies both within the fishing community and for port logistics.

Nils Skeby, Port Director at the port of Hanstholm, said, “With the expansion of the Port of Hanstholm, we have the right capacity to kickstart an energy adventure that can support green conversion, attract billions of investments from green industries and create extra work for, among others, the many local service companies at Hanstholm Harbor and contractors throughout Thisted Municipality.

“In this way, we want to show how a fishing port can also be an energy port and create strong synergy between the fishing industry and green energy.”

Knud-Erik Andersen, CEO and founder of European Energy, said, “We are in the process of identifying possible local CO2 sources in and around the Port of Hanstholm as suppliers for an e-methanol plant, which is a green alternative to the ships’ current oil consumption.

“At the same time, we are looking at the construction of a hydrogen plant, which in addition to being another significant resource to produce e-methanol, also releases oxygen as a residual product, which can, for example, be a resource for fish farming in aquaculture at the port.

“In this way, we can revolutionise the port’s industrial cluster and meet tomorrow’s energy needs.”

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