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Friday, June 25, 2021  (Comments: 1)

The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) has awarded DKK 81m (aboout 11bn) to the green ammonia project managed bySkovgaard Invest, Vestas, and Haldor Topsoe.

The project aims to build 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 first green ammonia plant of its kind.

Green ammonia, produced from renewable energy, can potentially replace significant volumes of fossil fuels consumed by shipping and other industries, and help accelerate the renewable energy transition. The green ammonia plant will employ a dynamic approach meaning that clean power from wind turbines and solar panels will be connected directly to the electrolysis unit making it more cost-effective than if involving a battery or hydrogen storage.

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.

Kim Grøn Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Topsoe, said: ”We are proud, that the Danish technology programme 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, Skovgaard Invest said: “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, VP and Head of Power-To-X Solutions, Vestas said: “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.”

The plant will be located in Western Jutland, and will be capable of producing over 5,000t/y from renewable power, with 12MW supplied by six existing V80-2.0 MW Vestas wind turbines and 50MW from new solar panels. This production will prevent 8,200t/y of CO2 emissions.

Green ammonia has been highlighted as a superior green fuel for international shipping that currently accounts for around 2% of global energy-related CO2 emissions.

Reader Comments (1)

What is the raw material used to generate the ammonia? Is it LNG in which case where does it come from. A basic process cycle diagram would help. Thank you and a very welcome development.

By Peter Hoskin on Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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