‘Car of the future’ to be tested in Denmark

Japanese car maker Honda has chosen Denmark as the global test country for its new hydrogen-fuelled cars.

'Car of the future' to be tested in Denmark
Honda Clarity. Photo: Foto-VDW/Depositphotos

Five families across the country will be given test versions of the cars during the next few months, reports MetroXpress.

Honda hopes that hydrogen-powered cars, along with electric and hybrid models, will form two thirds of its production by 2020, according to the report, phasing out petrol and diesel engines.

Hydrogen-powered cars are currently only available in the United States and Japan.

“The Japanese car maker Honda has chosen Denmark as a global test country for its new hydrogen car, the Honda Clarity, because Denmark is a world leader when it comes to sustainable energy and the environment,” Honda Denmark’s head press officer Thomas Larsen told MetroXpress.

The 11 hydrogen fuel stations currently located in the country also make it a good choice for the trial, Larsen added.

Denmark’s minister for climate Lars Christian Lilleholt told the MetroXpress newspaper that price and accessibility of the cars would be crucial in determining whether they become a success on the Danish market.

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“The price and ease of refuelling the car are crucial. The current price of a hydrogen car would make it difficult for some people… But technological advances make prices better and better. I can certainly see perspectives with hydrogen,” Lilleholt said.

Although it is not yet available on the Danish market, Honda’s hydrogen car currently costs around 500,000 kroner ($75,000) in Japan and the United States. 

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Denmark and Baltic countries plan ‘seven times more’ offshore wind energy

Denmark and other nations bordering the Baltic Sea will announce on Tuesday a plan to dramatically boost offshore wind energy by 2030. 

Denmark and Baltic countries plan 'seven times more' offshore wind energy

Today, just under 3 gigawatts are generated in the Baltic Sea, about half of which is Danish energy. An additional 1,100 to 1,700 offshore wind turbines will be needed to bring the total energy capacity to nearly 20 gigawatts in 2030.

A joint agreement to reach these levels in coming years is to be announced by participating countries on Tuesday, according to newspaper Politiken.

The newspaper reports a draft declaration it has seen in relation to the agreement, which will be presented at a summit at the Danish prime minister’s residence, Marienborg, north of Copenhagen on Tuesday.

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Should the amount of additional energy reported by Politiken be produced, as many as 22 to 30 million households could see their energy needs covered by wind power.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen talked up the importance of wind power in comments to Politiken.

“The war in Ukraine and climate change are being met with now. We have two crises on the table at the same time. We need to speed up green energy conversion and we need to free ourselves from Russian fossil fuels,” she said.

Frederiksen is participating in the summit on behalf of Denmark. Senior officials and leaders and from Germany, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and the EU Commission will also attend.

The summit was earlier scheduled to take place on Denmark’s Baltic island Bornholm but was moved due to a strike at Bornholm’s airport, which was not resolved until late on Monday.

A total of 2.8 gigawatts of wind power are currently produced in the Baltic Sea according to the Danish energy ministry.

Potentially, that could be increased to 93 gigawatts by 2050, an EU Commission assessment has found.

Earlier this year, Frederiksen hosted a green energy summit in western Danish city Esbjerg, at which the government signed an agreement with Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany for a ten-fold increase of offshore wind power capacity in the North Sea to 150 gigawatts by 2050.

On Monday, the Danish parliament voted through plans to increase production wind energy at a wind turbine park off Bornholm from 2 to 3 gigawatts. The facility will be connected to Germany.