Everfuel plans to construct a 300-MW electrolyzer next to the Fredericia refinery in Denmark by 2025 to supply renewable hydrogen to the plant as well as local zero-emission transportation.
The 70,000 b/d refinery will use 80 percent of the hydrogen generated at the HySynergy Phase II plant as a feedstock in the refining process. The final 20% will be spent on hydrogen mobility applications.
The electrolyzer will be powered by wind and solar, which will help to balance the grid, according to the company.
According to Everfuel, once completed, the facility will reduce CO2 emissions by 214,000 mt/year, reducing Danish land transport-related CO2 emissions by nearly 5% by 2025. This will help Denmark achieve its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 70% by 2030.
Everfuel has applied for project funding through the European Commission’s Important Projects of Common European Interest system, and expects to make a final investment decision by late 2022, pending regulatory approvals and funding. The plant is scheduled to be operational by late 2024, with a project budget of about Eur250 million ($300 million).
In early 2021, Shell sold the Fredericia refinery to Postlane Partners, a private investment firm. The Fredericia refinery, its hydrocarbon inventory, and local trade and supply activities were all included in the contract.
Postlane’s refinery growth plans include co-processing renewable feedstocks, as well as an emphasis on green hydrogen and advanced biofuels.
The plant could also produce methanol and provide oxygen for use in onsite carbon capture via an oxy-fuel process.
HySynergy Phase II complements a first-phase 20 MW electrolyzer project at the site, which is scheduled to receive final regulatory approval before summer 2021 and construction to begin in the third quarter.