Norwegian Hydrogen-led consortium to set up hydrogen ecosystem at Danish port

Green hydrogen producer Norwegian Hydrogen, in collaboration with a consortium of ten partners, has launched a new project that aims to develop an integrated green hydrogen value chain at the Port of Hirtshals in Denmark.

Courtesy of Port of Hirtshals

Norwegian Hydrogen will be the coordinator of the so-called CONVEY project which will utilize renewable energy from local wind turbines to produce hydrogen to help decarbonize the operations in the port. The project is expected to deliver at least 500 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.

It includes the construction of a 5 MW electrolyzer, a large-scale refueling station for heavy-duty transport, and distribution networks for hydrogen, oxygen, and heat.

Spanning five years, the project aims to make the Port of Hirtshals a model for green ports by focusing on its decarbonization and sustainable transformation. By establishing a hydrogen closed-loop ecosystem, it will showcase a sustainable energy system that integrates local renewable energy sources for hydrogen production and distribution, Norwegian Hydrogen said.

Norwegian Hydrogen and its consortium partners have secured a €9 million grant from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership for the CONVEY project.

In this project, Norwegian Hydrogen will serve as the lead partner, responsible for project management, detailed engineering and construction, and the operation of the electrolyzer.

The other partners in the CONVEY consortium are Vireon, Port of Hirtshals, Greenport North, Hirtshals Transport Center, biomega, Onnest (previously Lancar Nutri), Vendelbo Spedition, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Next Consult, and Hydrogen Valley.

Mirela Atanasiu, Executive Director ad interim of Clean Hydrogen Partnership, said: “With its strategic maritime location, CONVEY is an iconic project which integrates local renewable electricity, using the benefits of hydrogen to decarbonize logistics around the port and greening its local economy. I am proud that CONVEY is now part of our family of Hydrogen Valleys, constituting an important piece of the REPowerEU strategy to decarbonize industry, transport and energy sectors across Europe.”

Jens Berge, CEO of Norwegian Hydrogen, commented on the project: “By leading the CONVEY project, Norwegian Hydrogen is setting a benchmark for green hydrogen development in the Nordic region. Through CONVEY, we aim to significantly contribute to the transition towards a low-carbon economy in the entire region, reinforcing our commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship in the hydrogen sector.”

Norwegian Hydrogen is establishing the production of green hydrogen throughout the Nordics and will soon start production at its facility in Hjørring, Denmark.

The company is supported by a group of industrial owners, including Mitsui, & Co., Fortescue, Flakk Group, Hexagon Purus, Hofseth International, and Tafjord Kraftproduksjon.