Anders Christian Nordstrøm played a pivotal role in Ørsted’s foray into the burgeoning realm of green hydrogen, a journey he helped initiate. However, as of now, their paths diverge.
The title “founder” is apt in his case. When he transitioned from deputy director in the company’s power plant division to an equivalent position in the hydrogen division in the summer of 2018, there was no team beneath him. Yet, over the ensuing years, the hydrogen division experienced exponential growth in both size and prominence. Large power-to-x (PTX) projects were launched in Denmark and globally, signaling Ørsted’s commitment to the hydrogen sector.
However, amid the reshuffling led by CEO Mads Nipper in the past year, changes also rippled through the hydrogen division. Lawyer Olivia Breese assumed overall management of the division, while chemical engineer Anders Christian Nordstrøm was appointed director of operations.
Notably, Ørsted has decided not to fill the director of operations position after Nordstrøm’s departure, a move aimed at streamlining reporting lines within the company.
This development raises questions about the current state of PTX and the necessity of a dedicated operations director. Currently, there are limited operational activities within Ørsted concerning green hydrogen production.
The broader context suggests that the hydrogen industry’s development in Europe has not progressed as swiftly as anticipated due to various factors. Ørsted, for instance, only recently made an investment decision regarding the Swedish methanol project Flagship One, acquired at an advanced stage in December. Meanwhile, the British Gigastack project has been shelved, and Danish Green Fuels for Denmark faces delays.
Nordstrøm’s future path remains uncertain. After 17 years with Ørsted, encompassing roles in Bioenergy, heating production, and the establishment of P2X, he seeks new horizons in his professional journey, outside the company, and anticipates discovering what lies ahead.