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Deep Wind Offshore partners up for offshore wind hydrogen production

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 13/11/2023 Deep Wind Offshore

Offshore wind developer Deep Wind Offshore has joined forces with hydrogen company Hy2gen to harness the potential of offshore wind in producing green hydrogen. The collaboration aims to leverage the synergy between offshore wind and hydrogen to address challenges in grid access and capacity while contributing to global decarbonization efforts.

Knut Vassbotn, CEO of Deep Wind Offshore, emphasizes the significance of green energy carriers in achieving net zero. He states: "It is not possible to achieve net zero without green energy carriers, which will require a massive amount of renewable energy."

One of the key challenges in offshore wind development is access and capacity in the power grid. However, the collaboration with Hy2gen addresses this challenge by utilizing the power from offshore wind directly in the production of green energy carriers such as hydrogen.

Hege Økland, General Manager of Hy2gen Norway, highlights the effectiveness of energy carriers like hydrogen in reducing CO2 emissions from industry and transport sectors. She notes: "This also resonates with the EU's climate target, that 42 per cent of hydrogen in the industry must come from renewable energy sources by 2030."

Deep Wind Offshore operates in Norway, Sweden, and South Korea, while Hy2gen develops and operates green hydrogen production facilities across Europe, the USA, and Canada. The collaboration aims to offer green energy carriers to new markets and customer groups, enabling a shift from fossil fuels to green hydrogen.

Økland explains: "By producing hydrogen close to the offshore wind farm, we can reduce the load on the grid."
The partnership aligns with Norway's goal to award 30 GW of offshore wind by 2040, potentially converting 16 GW to ammonia for maritime fuel, cutting 100 percent of Norway's total maritime emissions.

Hy2gen aims to explore various energy solutions, including hydrogen, ammonia, SAF, or methanol. Økland mentions that ammonia is a relevant zero-emissions fuel for shipping, and the collaboration will contribute to establishing green ammonia production.

Vassbotn expresses confidence in the collaboration, stating: "This is a rock-solid solution for reaching the climate goals. Together, we will develop a completely new value chain, positioning Norway as a leader on the world market, fostering increased exports and value creation."

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