Lowered costs and hydrogen production in focus for Vattenfall

Source: press release, 19 November 2019

Horns Rev 3 wind farm in the North Sea, 25 to 40 kilometres off the Danish Jutland coast, is a defining point for Vattenfall’s production of wind power in Denmark and the rest of Europe
Horns Rev 3 wind farm in the North Sea, 25 to 40 kilometres off the Danish Jutland coast, is a defining point for Vattenfall’s production of wind power in Denmark and the rest of Europe (photo: Vattenfall)

By means of hydrogen production offshore wind could play a bigger role in decarbonising heavy industry. This is one of the topics Vattenfall executives will address at the wind conference in Copenhagen next week.

The WindEurope Offshore conference in Copenhagen 26 to 28 November is the leading-edge, international conference for the offshore wind industry. Offshore wind developer Vattenfall will highlight the latest developments taking place to enable the sector to play a much greater role in global decarbonisation.

“As a leader in the global push to grow offshore wind capacity and drive down costs, Vattenfall will be present in a significant way at the conference and exhibition,” says Catrin Jung, acting Head of BU Offshore.

Experts from across Vattenfall’s rapidly growing wind energy business will be present throughout the event and senior managers will share the latest industry insights. Topics include cross-sector decarbonisation by accelerating the use of green hydrogen, cost reduction and financing trends, offshore transmission infrastructure as well as digitalisation in operations and maintenance.

Conference speakers include Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Senior Vice President Business Area Wind and Chairman of WindEurope, who will outline his vision of what the offshore wind sector could look like by 2050, and how growth of lower cost offshore wind can help tackle major challenges such as industrial emissions.

“A key topic for Vattenfall at the event will be to highlight how to actively explore the exciting potential for renewables-based hydrogen production, with a view to decarbonisation of the entire society”, says Jung.

Hydrogen produced from renewable electricity via electrolysis can be used to decarbonise industry processes that require high temperature heat and are difficult to fully decarbonise through direct electrification. Vattenfall is already now playing an active role in a number of such initiatives.

One example is HYBRIT, the cooperation between Vattenfall, steel manufacturer SSAB and mining company LKAB to replace coal with hydrogen in steelmaking. Vattenfall has also partnered with other industry participants to set up HySynGas, a large-scale power-to-gas project in northern Germany. The facility will produce green hydrogen and synthetic gases (SNG) from electricity generated by nearby solar and wind plants.

During WindEurope Offshore 2019, Copenhagen 26-28 November, visit Vattenfall at stand C2-C18 in hall C.