Europe| Consortium wants to make Bornholm a green filling station for shipping

15 June 2021

Bornholm Bunker Hub is the name of a new consortium, in which a number of international players are testing opportunities to establish a bunkering station with green maritime fuel on Bornholm.

The Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium has just launched a feasibility study to set out the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels in the Baltic Sea – produced using offshore wind energy. The project will investigate how local Power-to-X can support the need for sustainable fuels for more than 60,000 ships that pass Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea every year.

The launch of the Bornholm Bunker Hub comes just a few weeks after the Danish government’s growth team on Bornholm recommended that a study of Bornholm as a green transport hub in the Baltic Sea should be carried out.

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Bornholm is centrally located in relation to exploiting the great potential of green electricity from offshore wind in the entire Baltic region – not only in Danish waters, but also in Sweden, Poland and Germany. This means that Bornholm could become a unique energy centre that utilises the regional energy resources to reduce CO2 emissions in society, including shipping. As part of the project, investigations will also be carried out as to whether it is appropriate to produce green ammonia locally on Bornholm, or whether this should be imported in the first phase.

The consortium behind Bornholm Bunker Hub comprises eight partners: Ørsted, Molslinjen, Haldor Topsoe, Bunker Holding Group, Wärtsilä, Rambøll, Bureau Veritas and Port of Roenne A/S.

Jes Nikolaj Knudsen, Senior Product Line Director at Haldor Topsøe, says: “Ammonia produced from renewable energy is a very promising maritime fuel. Green ammonia can be produced from air, water and electricity from wind turbines or solar cells – and as a fuel, green ammonia can remove unwanted emissions from shipping, which today account for 2.5% of global greenhouse gases. At Haldor Topsøe, we have further developed our world-leading ammonia technology to work optimally with the fluctuating energy supply from wind and solar. And we are proud to be able to contribute to Bornholm Bunker Hub, which will be positive for the region’s economy and also reduce CO2 emissions significantly.”

Author: KS / Source: Port of Roenne / Photo: Unsplash