Through a broad political settlement, Denmark has adopted its first strategy for green hydrogen. It maintains the government’s ambition of 4-6 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030.
A market-based tender with a subsidy scheme of DKK 1.25 billion (NOK 1.6 billion) for hydrogen production will contribute to achieving the goal of electrolysis capacity.
Among the proposed measures are:
- better opportunities to lay power lines directly from solar and wind farms to hydrogen plants,
- differentiated tariffs for large power consumers
- increased international cooperation on infrastructure and standards.
Questions about certificates, gas quality and safety standards are to be clarified internationally.
Better framework conditions
An essential part of the strategy is to establish cost-effective power consumption and a robust hydrogen infrastructure. Among other things, it will be possible to lower tariffs in areas with large grid capacity, where it will be appropriate to install hydrogen plants.
It will also be possible to run power lines directly to hydrogen plants from offshore wind farms up to 15 kilometers from land, under an “open door scheme”.
The two infrastructure companies Energinet and Evida are given the opportunity to own and operate hydrogen infrastructure. A dialogue is also planned with Denmark’s neighboring countries on the establishment of hydrogen infrastructure across national borders.
– The government and the conciliation parties deserve praise for a comprehensive strategy. It aims to deal with many of the challenges that the industry has long pointed out, such as the opportunity to establish direct power lines from wind farms to electrolysis plants, says the Hydrogen Industry’s director, Tejs Laustsen Jensen.
A separate “task force” with a separate secretariat in the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Supply, will assist project developers, ensure coordination across authorities, and remove any regulatory barriers to ensure optimal framework conditions
This task force will, among other things, assist project developers with the location of facilities in relation to electricity and district heating networks, make approval procedures and case processing easier, ensure coordination across authorities, and generally follow developments in the sector.
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