Topsoe receives public funding for scaling up power-to-x solutions

Topsoe is committed to lead the way to ensure the needed electrolyzer capacity is available in the near-term to help meet Danish and European Power-to-X and green hydrogen ambitions

  • The Danish Board of Business Development (Danmarks Erhvervsfremmebestyrelse) is granting up to DKK 88,8 million to a partnership between Topsoe, Denmark’s Technical University (DTU) and Aarhus University (AU). Topsoe is to receive up to DKK 80,3 million of the total grant sum. 
  • The funds will support innovation activities related to upscaling and globally deploying Topsoe’s SOEC technology. 

In the light of the ambitious Danish Power-to-X strategy and EU’s green hydrogen goals, which have now increased the demand for electrolyzers with the recent REPowerEU, Topsoe recently announced its intention to build the world’s most advanced industrial scale electrolyzer production facility to speed up commercial-size Power-to-X. The production facility will be able to support the GW-size green hydrogen projects that many developers have at the planning stage. 

Now, the Danish Board of Business Development supports this work by granting up to DKK 88,8 million to a partnership between Topsoe, DTU and AU, as the partners’ research and innovation is strongly called for to address key technology risks needed for upscaling.  

Topsoe CEO, Roeland Baan, said: 

“Power-to-X technology will play a central role in the green transition, and right now we see a strong momentum for green energy solutions throughout Europe. At Topsoe, we are pioneering the Power-to-X landscape with our SOEC technology offering 30% higher efficiency than remaining technologies and even at a lower cost, and we are extremely happy to receive the support and trust from the Danish Board of Business Development to further this technology and pave the way for a faster deployment of Power-to-X nationally and globally.” 

As a comment to the funding, Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Simon Kollerup, said: 

“Power-to-X and hydrogen can become a new business adventure for Danish companies, and it is fantastic to see so many ideas about future green fuels coming from Danish companies. It speaks directly to the Danish strategy on Power-to-X to industrialize and upscale production making it easier and more competitive to produce green hydrogen. Power-to-X fuels as replacement for fossil fuels will contribute to lowering CO2 emissions in Denmark and globally and it is vital that the companies have the will, ambitions, and skills to participate in the development. And we can see that they have.” 

Funding is a prerequisite to meet Danish Power-to-X strategy and EU’s green hydrogen goals 

Currently, a sufficient regulatory framework is missing to mobilize investment towards green hydrogen projects, which makes public funds critical for Topsoe’s large-scale ambitions in SOEC electrolysis.  

The funding from the Danish Board of Business Development is the first phase in funding Topsoe’s scale up activities in Power-to-X. Further national and international funding is necessary for the ambitious goals of Denmark and the Danish Power-to-X strategy. Topsoe is committed to lead the way to ensure the needed electrolyzer capacity is available in the near-term. 

Facts about the funding 

  • The Danish Board of Business Development supports the development of green innovative technologies with a total of DKK 225 million from the REACT-EU program  
  • 19 projects applied for funding, 14 projects were awarded funding 
  • The projects must spend the funding no later than August 2023  
  • The funding is part of a strategy by the Danish government to develop and advance green hydrogen and fuels. 

 Facts about Topsoe’s SOEC production facility 

  • Topsoe is building the globally most advanced industrial scale electrolyzer production facility to enable a faster deployment of Power-to-X globally.   
  • When in operation, it will be the world’s most advanced electrolyzer production facility with 500-megawatt capacity per year and with an option to expand to 5 gigawatts. 
  • The plan is to place the facility in Herning, Denmark. 

About Topsoe

Founded in 1940, Topsoe is a global leader in developing solutions for a decarbonized world, supplying technology, catalysts, and services for worldwide energy transition. 

Our mission is to combat climate change by helping our partners and customers achieve their decarbonization and emission-reduction targets, including those in challenging sectors: aviation, shipping, and production of crucial raw materials. From low-carbon or zero-carbon chemicals to renewable fuels and plastic upcycling, we are uniquely positioned to aid humanity in realizing a sustainable future. Topsoe is headquartered in Denmark, with 2,100 employees serving customers all around the globe.

Author

Ulrik Frøhlke

Source

Topsoe, press release, 2022-06-23.

Supplier

European Union
Haldor Topsoe A/S

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