The Danish Business Authority has nominated six hydrogen projects for Danish participation in a large-scale pan-European project, which is also known as the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI).
IPCEI will kick-start a European market for green hydrogen and contribute to the green transition to support the use of fossil fuels in both heavy industry and heavy transport. These projects will help initiate the development of hydrogen and other Power-to-X technologies in Denmark.
The Danish Business Authority has nominated the following six projects:
- Autumn by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
- Blue Seal by Ballard Power Systems
- Green CCU Hub Aalborg by REintegrate
- Green Fuels for Denmark by Orsted
- HySynergy by Everfuel
- PtX @ EIIS by GreenLab Skive
These projects will now go through a European matchmaking process with other European projects, which would examine how the projects fit into a common value chain.
The Danish government has allocated DKK 850 million for the Danish participation in an IPCEI on hydrogen. The final participation in the pan-European hydrogen project, and thus their decision on state aid, will depend on the matchmaking process and the European Commission’s final approval.
Matchmaking is a process where companies and research institutions across EU member states can meet to establish collaborative relationships that play a role in establishing major pan-European projects. It is also possible to develop partnerships with other European companies in the Hydrogen Alliance. On 8 July 2020, the European Commission launched a European Hydrogen Strategy and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. The Alliance provides a framework for private and public stakeholders to discuss how relevant EU actors can promote a European market for renewable hydrogen through investment. On 16 September 2020, Denmark joined the hydrogen alliance.