Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a Danish energy investment company, has announced plans to develop an artificial hydrogen island in the Danish North Sea by 2030. The BrintØ hydrogen island will be used primarily for large-scale green hydrogen production from offshore wind. The project will be developed on the Danish part of Dogger Bank in the North Sea and will be connected to a 10 GW offshore wind power project. 

Reportedly, when fully operational, it will produce about one million tonnes of green hydrogen per year. Through 275 km of offshore hydrogen pipeline infrastructure, renewable gas produced on BrintØ is expected to be exported to neighbouring countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. As per the statement, the project could result in creating local employment and economic growth by opening export opportunities for Denmark.

In March 2022, CIP teamed up with the New Zealand Superannuation Fund to develop 1 GW of offshore wind capacity off New Zealand’s west coast. The projected capacity, which would be located on the South Taranaki Bight, would be equivalent to more than 11 per cent of New Zealand’s current electricity demand. The project’s scope could be expanded to 2 GW in the future to satisfy the country’s predicted rise in electricity demand.

REGlobal’s Views: There is a massive untapped opportunity in production of green hydrogen using offshore wind in wind resource rich areas of North Sea. Green hydrogen can be produced in large quantities using offshore wind and stored at these artificial islands to be transported through pipelines to the mainland.