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Friday, December 11, 2020 

Haldor Topsoe is part of a new Danish project to produce green ammonia from renewable energy, to potentially replace significant volumes of fossil fuels and help accelerate the transition to a world powered by renewable energy.

The first fuel could be produced as soon as in 2022 at the commercial scale of 10 MW power. The project has been developed by Skovgaard Invest, supported by Vestas and Haldor Topsoe. The plant will be located in Western Jutland, Denmark, and will produce more than 5,000t of green ammonia from renewable power annually. This production will prevent 8,200 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere every year.

12 existing Vestas wind turbines and 50MW new solar panels will power an electrolyser unit that will produce hydrogen which will subsequently be processed into ammonia.

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. The cost of green ammonia is currently significantly higher than that of comparable ammonia from fossil fuel. To improve the business case and increase the attractiveness of green ammonia as a substitute for fossil fuels, Haldor Topsoe and Vestas are developing a dynamic, scalable and cost-optimised solution.

Haldor Topsoe will design the plant’s fully 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.

This lighthouse project will deliver proof of concept and experience that can pave the way for larger Power-to-X projects in the future.

“This project proves to the world that we can produce a very clean fuel from renewable power at industrial scale as soon as in 2022. We have available the technologies we need to begin the transition towards renewable fuels and reduce carbon emissions, and with the innovations in this project, we push the limits for how fluctuating renewable energy is used in direct synthesis of clean fuels. Haldor Topsoe is already involved in several of the world’s largest Power-to-X projects, and we are very proud to deliver and further develop our ammonia technology as a partner in this project that underlines Denmark’s globally leading position in Power-to-X,” said Kim Grøn Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Haldor Topsoe.

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