Тhe global leader in offshore wind power – Ørsted is building its first carbon capture plant at the Avedøre Power Station in Copenhagen. The Avedøre Power Station is a combined heat and electricity facility that apart from using coal, oil, and natural gas, also runs on biomass fuels like straw and wood pellets.
The 100 MW straw-fired unit has been chosen by the company to be fitted with carbon capture technology. The project is part of the Green Fuels for Denmark Power-to-X facility in the Greater Copenhagen area.
Over time it should reach a total capacity of 1.3 GW and have a carbon emission abatement potential of 850,000 tons per year. The Green Fuels for Denmark project is planned to produce e-methanol and e-kerosene.
The first phase of the Green Fuels for Denmark includes the production of hydrogen for heavy-duty road transport. The second phase involves the production of renewable hydrogen with carbon capture to produce sustainable methanol and e-kerosene for shipping and aviation.
Ørsted Carbon Capture Plant
Ørsted plans to start looking into the best carbon capture technology to deploy at the straw-fired unit. The company will also start optimizing the electrolysis capacity as part of the second phase of Green Fuels for Denmark that includes the supply of renewable electricity.
The CO2 captured at the Avedøre Power Station is expected to provide the necessary amount for the production of sustainable fuels in the next phases of the Green Fuels for Denmark.
“Utilising the potential for carbon capture at Avedøre Power Station could potentially be a showcase for even further decarbonisation at our power stations. Ørsted is currently exploring the potential for carbon capture at some of our other bioenergy plants, which would enable the carbon necessary for Power-to-X production plants to further contribute to the green transformation of our society,” said Ole Thomsen, Senior Vice President at Ørsted Bioenergy.
The Green Fuels for Denmark project is also an opportunity for Denmark to deliver sustainable fuels to Europe so it can achieve its CO2 reduction targets. The country can capture CO2 from its power plants to supply for the production of low carbon fuels that could lead the green transition of heavy transport. The agreement with Avedøre Power Station to source sustainable CO2 is proof of that intention.
Ørsted building its first carbon capture plant could be just the beginning for similar future carbon capture utilization and storage projects that will contribute to the net zero goals of the country. The project will also contribute to the sustainable fuels and hydrogen economy in the region and overseas.