Wind energy major Vestas is reportedly backing the development of world’s first potential commercial-grade green ammonia plant. Apparently, the 10MW project has been jointly developed by Skovgaard Invest, the turbine manufacturer, and Haldor Topsoe, a globally recognized company for catalysts, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries. The plant is anticipated to be operational as soon as 2022.
As per credible sources, the plant is likely to be based in Western Jutland, Denmark, and is anticipated to produce over 5000 tons of green ammonia annually. The electrolyzer which will generate hydrogen, which in turn will be processed into ammonia, will be powered by 12MW from existing V80-2.0MW Vestas turbines and 50MW new solar panels. These types of processes are usually referred as “Power-to-X”.
In order to improve the business scenario and increase the prominence of green ammonia as an alternative for fossil fuels, Vestas and Haldor Topsoe are developing a scalable, dynamic, and cost-optimized solution. In this regard, the former will design the plant’s fully dynamic ammonia technology for securing optimal production and adapting to default fluctuations in power output of solar panels and wind turbines.
On the other hand, the ammonia plant will interface with Vestas’s green hydrogen solution, integrating electrolysis with wind and solar under single smart control system. Further, the generation of renewable energy will be connected to the national grid directly so that the excessive power can be sold to the grid.
The project has been specifically designed to provide necessary information and operational experience for upscaling the dynamic ammonia plant in new projects.
Speaking of the initiative, vice president of Innovation and Concepts at Vestas, Kasper Roed Jensen has stated that the company is thrilled about their involvement in the project as it highlights its uniquely positioned to combine renewable energy with other technologies. The company sees this project as a leap towards energy transition which features the viability of electrification beyond the power sector in the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, chief strategy and innovation officer of Haldor Topsoe, Kim Gron Knudsen stated that this project shows their capability of producing industrial scale clean fuel from renewable power and delivering it as soon as in 2022.