Ascension Clean Energy (ACE), a joint venture led by Clean Hydrogen Works, announced on Dec. 19 it had selected Danish decarbonization company Topsoe as the provider of licensing, engineering, and proprietary hardware, and catalyst to the proposed $7.5 billion clean energy production and export site in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Topsoe is the largest hydrogen and ammonia technology licensor globally.
Ascension Clean Energy, which also includes Denbury Carbon Solutions and Hafnia, is expected to produce 7.2 million metric tons of clean ammonia per year with Topsoe’s integrated blue hydrogen and ammonia solutions. The Danish firm’s technology targets a reduction of up to 98% of all carbon dioxide contracted to be permanently sequestered by Denbury Carbon Solutions.
“A technology leader in decarbonization, Topsoe’s scientific and technical knowledge, experience, and partnership mindset make them an ideal technology provider for hydrogen and ammonia production, as well as carbon capture for ACE,” said project Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Vee Godley. “We are pleased to work together in leading the clean energy transition.”
The project will be located in a 1700-acre industrial site near the Mississippi River in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. It is in close proximity to feedstock pipelines and existing infrastructure. The project is expected to create 350 new permanent jobs at an average salary of about $73,000 by the end of the decade.
The final investment decision on the ACE project is expected in 2024.
Established in 1940, Topsoe develops and supplies decarbonization technology, catalysts, and services for the energy transition, including in hard-to-abate industries like aviation, shipping, and raw materials. Headquartered in Denmark, the company has over 2,100 across the globe.