We are well on our way to decarbonising our electricity system through renewable energy. But, to also decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy industry and mobility we need green hydrogen. Green hydrogen, which is produced from renewable energy will play a critical role in curbing climate change and achieving full decarbonisation of our society. Green hydrogen is carbon-free which makes it a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels. Simultaneously, it helps balance the power grid as renewable energy can be stored and consumed when it is needed – even when the wind is not blowing, and the sun is not shining.
In Everfuel we are firm believers in hydrogen produced from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower. Hydrogen production through electrolysers is a proven technology, that offers an efficient way to increase utilisation of the fluctuating renewable energy that will otherwise be curtailed. Europe has abundant sources of renewable energy, which is the first step needed for the large-scale deployment of green hydrogen. Using renewable energy for hydrogen production is essential to continue to harvest renewable energy and make a viable business case of the renewable energy sources available. Everfuel is actively engaging in the utilisation of existing- and development of new renewable energy assets.
Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen with the use of renewable electricity. That process is known as electrolysis. In Everfuel we have developed key competencies in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) work connected to the electrolysers.
Everfuel installs, owns, and operates electrolysers in places with abundant renewable energy and hydrogen offtake in the same area. We will operate the electrolysers from our control center, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2022 in Fredericia, Denmark. The primary product offered by our production facilities is hydrogen. Secondary value streams include by-products from the hydrogen production such as oxygen and heat. The excess heat can for instance be applied in a district heating system and thus ensure cross-sector integration.
Delivering hydrogen to our customers at the right time and at the right price is essential for us in Everfuel.
We do so through our fleet of custom hydrogen trailers which currently allows us to deliver green hydrogen to our stations and customers throughout the North-Western parts of Europe. In the coming years, we expect to offer hydrogen distribution throughout Europe to assist in the decarbonisation of European industries and transportation.
Hydrogen distribution is all about efficiency and reliability at all times while carrying high capacities of hydrogen. The trailers we operate for hydrogen distribution all have more than one tonne of hydrogen payload. They are developed in cooperation with our partners and include unique Everfuel features that offer a competitive edge. We distribute green hydrogen to our own hydrogen refuelling stations and partners’ stations. For industrial customers and partners, we use the hydrogen trailers as a mobile pipeline between hydrogen production and the customers’ consumption.
Everfuel operates hydrogen refuelling stations to support fleets of fuel-cell vehicles. Green hydrogen is especially useful in mobility segments that are difficult to electrify, such as buses, heavy-duty trucks, vans, and taxis. These are segments where battery electric vehicles will face challenges due to the charging speed or weight of the batteries. Fuel-cell vehicles can be refuelled at the same time as regular combustion engine vehicles.
At Everfuel we build publicly available hydrogen stations, but we have the capabilities to build dedicated private stations to accommodate fleets of fuel-cell vehicles. Everfuel hydrogen refuelling stations can be co-located next to traditional retail stations or dedicated hydrogen stations. When constructing a hydrogen station in urban areas we prefer to develop the project with local stakeholders to secure an initial offtake from the station. That ensures local support for the station and justifies the ambition of providing competitive hydrogen at fossil parity prices. We offer hydrogen at 350 and/or 700bar at our hydrogen stations which accommodate passenger vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles.
An updated map of Everfuel stations and their availability can be found in the Everfuel App, which is also used for refuelling and payment.
Green hydrogen can be useful in a variety of sectors to assist in reaching zero-emission solutions or creating greener alternatives to fossil fuels.
Hydrogen is already a vital part of many production industries. However, much of the hydrogen consumed in the industry today is based on fossil fuels. With the transition to green hydrogen, industries can significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
Hydrogen can be used directly in fuel-cell electric vehicles such as passenger cars, taxis, vans, and trucks. Refuelling vehicles with green hydrogen offers several advantages. It allows for zero-emission transportation, and even decarbonises the surrounding air. Vehicle owners can refuel their fuel-cell cars and trucks at the same speed as it takes to refuel a diesel vehicle – eliminating long battery charging hours. Fuel-cell vehicles are particularly beneficial for fleets where battery charging times can be a challenge, such as taxis, or where batteries’ weight takes up too substantial a part of the cargo room.
Besides vehicles, green fuels, based on hydrogen, are well on their way to decarbonising the maritime and aviation sectors. When mixed with green CO2, green hydrogen is a central component in the production of e-fuels that will replace fossil fuels in ferries and airplanes.
Secondary value streams
A by-product of green hydrogen production is oxygen and heat. Both can be used in other industries to ensure that nothing goes to waste in the production process. Currently, Everfuel has entered an agreement to supply excess heating from the HySynergy production facility to local district heating.