CIP unveils 10 GW offshore wind power- to-X plans

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/05/2022 CIP
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has proposed to build an artificial island dedicated to large-scale production of green hydrogen from offshore wind – called “BrintØ” (in English: “Hydrogen Island”) – in the Danish part of the North Sea.

According to CIP's plans, BrintØ is to be connected to 10 GW of  offshore wind, which will primarily be used to produce green hydrogen via Power- to-X. The island is expected to be supplying green hydrogen by 2030.

BrintØ could be a first-of-its-kind. BrintØ – and over time other adjacent energy islands – will produce very large amounts of green hydrogen from offshore wind. It aims to create a foundation for the production of sustainable green fuels via Power-to-X for trucks, ships and aircrafts. The green hydrogen can be exported to the Northwestern EU (e.g., Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium) via offshore hydrogen pipelines of approx. 275 km. It is anticpated that it will be able to produce around 1 million tons of green hydrogen per year when fully built out (10GW), corresponding to approx. 7% of the EU’s expected hydrogen consumption in 2030

BrintØ is envisaged to be established on the Danish part of Dogger Bank; an area expected to become a central hub for the future build-out of offshore energy infrastructure in the North Sea. The area consists of a 20,000 km2 sandbank and, according to CIP, it offers some of the world’s best conditions for producing low-cost green electricity due to low water depths and strong wind resources.

“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,”
said Thomas Dalsgaard, Partner at CIP.

“It is critical that the Danish flag is planted quickly and strategically in the new expansion of green energy infrastructure in the North Sea. This will help to ensure that both our and future Danish and European generations can continue to benefit from the sustainable and inexhaustible energy source that the North Sea offers,”
said Thomas Dalsgaard.