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Danes want to accelerate green aviation fuel

Ørsted, SAS and the other partners in «Green Fuels for Denmark» will accelerate the plans to produce green fuel for heavy transport and aviation. Denmark has a goal of green domestic aviation by 2030, and wants to be up and running in 2025.

SAS is among the companies participating in the project.

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The partnership consists of Ørsted, SAS, Copenhagen Airports, AP Møller-Mærsk, DFDS and DSV, and among the suppliers are Norwegian Nel and Everfuel and Danish Haldor Topsøe. Cowi is also a knowledge provider.

– Denmark has a unique opportunity to create a unique business adventure in green fuels for heavy transport, says Ørsted CEO Mads Nipper in a Message.

They will now expand 100 megawatts of electrolysis of a planned capacity of 250 megawatts by 2025, while the rest will still come by 2027. According to the partners, a capacity of 100 megawatts will be able to supply 50,000 tonnes of fuel in 2025, mainly e-methanol for shipping.

When the full capacity of 250 megawatts is up and running, the project will potentially be able to supply enough aviation fuel to operate all of Denmark’s domestic traffic, according to the partners. This presupposes that there is enough offshore wind available to drive the production of green fuel, the partners point out.

Originally, the partnership’s vision was to start up an electrolysis plant of around 10 megawatts in 2023 and 250 megawatts in 2027 and 1,300 megawatts in 2030. If this capacity is reached, it could potentially cover around 30 percent of the total fuel consumption at Copenhagen Airports, according to the partnership .

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Denmark has increased its goals

Denmark has recently raised its ambitions in the use of offshore wind and “Power-to-X” solutions, where the power is used to produce, among other things, green hydrogen and ammonia.

Denmark has set a goal of 100 percent green domestic aviation by 2030, and in its New Year’s speech Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen mentioned that the Danes should have the opportunity to take green flights already in 2025.

The partnership will investigate whether they can also accelerate the production of green aviation fuel until 2025, but says that it presupposes framework conditions that can make green fuel competitive with fossil fuels. There are several ways to produce aviation fuel chemically, which must be considered. Such fuels must also be approved before they can be used.

– The Prime Minister’s recent announcement to accelerate the green transition of aviation has directly led to us in the partnership now finding a way to enable the production of green aviation fuel already in 2025. It will be a technological challenge that we at Green Fuels for Denmark are ready to answer, says Nipper.

– An important starting shot

The head of Copenhagen Airports, Thomas Woldbye, is pleased that the government has set clear goals for restructuring in aviation.

– If we are to achieve the ambitious goals, it requires that we also politically support the first production of sustainable aviation fuel in particular, so we can get started without the price of the fuel being too high, says Woldbye.

If it succeeds, the government’s goals can be an important starting point that gives Denmark the opportunity to take the lead, not only on the climate agenda, but also in a potential business adventure, he says.

– The fulfillment of the 2025 ambition as well as the 2030 ambition presupposes, however, that far more sustainable fuel is produced than today, and that framework conditions are established that make aviation fuel a real and competitive alternative to fossil fuels, says Executive Vice President Simon Pauck Hansen in SAS.

The project has been selected by Denmark as a participant in the pan-European IPCEI initiative.

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