Port of Gothenburg to build own hydrogen production facility
Hydrogen is becoming more and more popular in the European port sector. Port of Gothenburg, Sweden’s largest harbour, intends to be in line with this trend. In the coming years, it will develop not only refuelling stations for hydrogen-powered trucks but will also construct a hydrogen production facility within the port area.
By mid-2023, a hydrogen production plant will begin its operations in the Port of Gothenburg. The project is estimated at 60 million Swedish kronor (over 6 million euros). It will be jointly implemented by the port authority and Statkraft, the Norway-based company and the largest supplier of renewable energy in Europe. “We know there is already significant demand in and around the port for using equipment powered by hydrogen. A number of companies and organisations are ready and waiting and we are convinced that local production of hydrogen would represent a breakthrough,” said Arvid Guthed, vice president for port development at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
The hydrogen plant in the Port of Gothenburg will have an initial capacity of 4 megawatts that allows producing up to 2 tonnes of hydrogen per day. This amount is equal to 2,200 litres of diesel. As a result, the hydrogen consumers could reduce carbon emissions by at least 4 tonnes per day by replacing the type of fuel. If the demand grows, the Gothenburg Port Authority and Statkraft are ready to enlarge the capacity of the hydrogen production facility. Besides the plant itself, the partners are planning to develop an interim storage facility and filling station within the port area.
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