Port of Esbjerg to lead Denmark’s hydrogen development

As part of Europe’s shift to renewable energy, the Port of Esbjerg is well-positioned to guide Denmark’s hydrogen economy.

The hydrogen economy has ushered in a new age for Europe’s green transition, which was made explicit by the Esbjerg Declaration.

On May 18, 2022, the Esbjerg Declaration was ratified. Here, the prime ministers of Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Germany announced ambitious goals for installing offshore wind in addition to outlining a plan to establish a 20-gigawatt green hydrogen production facility by 2030.

Because of the 1-gigawatt electrolyser project being evaluated next to the port and the potential for the planned 10-gigawatt connection to the Danish energy island, the Port of Esbjerg is strategically situated near the point where future hydrogen pipelines from the North Sea to the European Hydrogen Backbone will enter the continent.

The installation of a network of hydrogen pipelines in the North Sea would not be possible without the construction of a future import terminal for hydrogen in the Port of Esbjerg. This would speed up the green transition and create a seamless link to the larger hydrogen economy.

The port of Esbjerg’s terminal would allow for connection to the natural gas pipelines in Europe, which could then be converted to hydrogen. It would also allow for the potential of ship-to-ship transportation and train transports for further distribution. When deciding whether to move forward with the project, these are crucial factors.