Everfuel A/S has announced it has commenced hydrogen production at the HySynergy electrolyser, making a significant step forward in the commercialisation of green hydrogen as a sustainable energy source for industry and transportation.

As part of the scheduled start-up and testing of production equipment at the 20MW HySynergy project in Fredericia, Denmark, the hydrogen was generated from the first set of electrolyser stacks. The commissioning phase began on time, establishing that the electrolyser, power supply, and ancillaries functioned as expected. The minimal amount of hydrogen created was safely released into the atmosphere, with no environmental consequences.

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“First hydrogen is a major milestone both for Everfuel and for a greener society. We are executing on our promise to bring commercial green hydrogen to the market, and I am grateful to the project team and partners who have worked tirelessly to make this happen on schedule amid a challenging supply chain market,” said Jacob Krogsgaard, founder and CEO of Everfuel.

The first production is the first stage in building up the electrolyser facility to offer green hydrogen to clients looking to decarbonise industrial operations, such as the neighbouring Crossbridge Refinery, and consumers looking for clean fuels for zero-emission transportation.

Commercial production is planned to begin in the second quarter of 2023, subject to Danish authorities’ permissions, since HySynergy is presently the first large-scale plant in Denmark and is seen as a learning case for the authorities’ work on such projects. Hydrogen Europe named HySynergy a flagship project earlier this year to drive the roll-out of large-scale hydrogen implementation in Europe.

The HySynergy project will be constructed in phases, with the first phase being the 20MW electrolyzer. Everfuel intends to build a 10MW test facility, which is projected to be operational in 2023. It will enable electrolyser makers to test equipment in a controlled environment where the generated hydrogen may be utilised by Everfuel or Crossbridge.

The test facility will be made available to a shortlist of electrolyser vendors in the contest for the second phase of HySynergy, which has been awarded DKK 246.3 million in Danish IPCEI funding. Phase two will add another 300 MW of capacity in 2025 by developing three 100 MW sections. The DKK 246.3 million revealed today will be used to support the construction of the first of the 100 MW sections.