Danish energy investment company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has unveiled plans to build an artificial hydrogen island in the Danish North Sea by 2030.
The BrintØ hydrogen island will primarily be used for the large-scale production of green hydrogen from offshore wind.
The project will be built on the Danish part of Dogger Bank in the North Sea and be linked to 10GW of offshore wind power.
It will generate approximately one million tonnes of green hydrogen a year when fully operational, according to CIP.
Renewable gas produced on BrintØ could be exported to nearby countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium through 275km of offshore hydrogen pipeline infrastructure.
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CIP said the project could create local jobs and economic growth by opening export opportunities for Denmark.
CIP partner Thomas Dalsgaard said: “The Danish, German, Dutch and Belgian ambitions for the North Sea show the rest of the world how the green transition can be turbocharged if you dare to think big, internationally and in integrated systems.
“Green energy will be harvested on a large scale out at sea, tied together by energy islands, converted into green hydrogen, and transported across borders via offshore hydrogen infrastructure.
“The opportunities are significant, and the Danish BrintØ is the first step in that direction.”
The move is part of CIP’s plans to invest €100bn ($106bn) in green energy projects by 2030.
The company currently manages ten funds and nearly €18bn of assets focused on investments in energy infrastructure, including offshore wind, onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV).
Earlier this year, CIP partnered with the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super Fund) to develop 1GW of offshore wind capacity on New Zealand’s west coast.
Located on the South Taranaki Bight, the planned capacity will be equivalent to more than 11% of New Zealand’s current electricity demand.