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Ørsted to use carbon captured from Copenhagen power station to make fuel

The Danish renewable energy company Ørsted has unveiled plans to capture carbon dioxide from its 100MW biomass-fuelled Avedøre power station and use it to make carbon-neutral fuel for trucks and planes.

Ørsted to use carbon captured from Copenhagen power station to make fuel
Ørsted's Avedøre power station will be used for the second phase of the Green Fuels for Denmark project. Photo: Ørsted

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the company said that it had decided to cite its first carbon-capture facility at Avedøre, as part of its involvement in the Green Fuels for Denmark Power-to-X project.

“If Green Fuels for Denmark is realised, Copenhagen could become a showcase example of how new and existing energy technology can be combined to deliver on the vast European ambitions for sustainable fuels,” said Anders Nordstrøm, Vice President and head of Ørsted’s hydrogen and Power-to-X activities.

“Denmark can leverage its district heating systems, large sources of sustainable carbon, and massive offshore wind resources to create a new industrial stronghold and supply sustainable fuels to Danish logistics companies.”

While the first phase of Green Fuels for Denmark will produce hydrogen from wind turbines for heavy-duty road transport, the second phase will see some of the hydrogen reacted together with captured carbon dioxide to produce e-methanol and e-kerosene for shipping and aviation.

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Ørsted intends to begin producing 1000kg of hydrogen a day at Avedøre by the end of this year, as part of its 2MW H2RES demonstration project.

It recently announced an agreement that it will use power produced from the 250 MW Aflandshage offshore wind farm, which is being led by the Copenhagen heat and water utility Hofor, for early phases of the Green Fuels for Denmark project.

Green Fuels for Denmark will begin at a low scale of 10 MW, scaling up along with the supply of electricity to reach 1,300 MW of total electrolysis capacity by the time Denmark’s two planned energy islands come online. 

The project is a joint venture between A.P. Moller – Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS, Copenhagen Airports, and Ørsted.

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Denmark’s toy giant Lego offers staff bonus after bumper year

Danish toymaker Lego, the world's largest toymaker, Denmark's Lego, said on Tuesday it will offer its 20,000 employees three extra days of holiday and a special bonus after a year of bumper revenues.

Lego is rewarding staff with a Christmas bonus and extra holiday after a strong 2022.
Lego is rewarding staff with a Christmas bonus and extra holiday after a strong 2022. File photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

Already popular globally, Lego has seen demand for its signature plastic bricks soar during the pandemic alongside its rapid expansion in China.

“The owner family wishes to… thank all colleagues with an extra three days off at the end of 2021,” the company said in a statement.

The unlisted family group reported a net profit of more than 6.3 billion Danish kroner (847 million euros) for the first half of 2021.

Revenues shot up 46 percent to 23 billion kroner in the same period.

It had been “an extraordinary year for the Lego Group and our colleagues have worked incredibly hard,” said the statement, which added that an unspecified special bonus would be paid to staff in April 2022.

Lego, a contraction of the Danish for “play well” (leg godt), was founded in 1932 by Kirk Kristiansen, whose family still controls the group which employs about 20,400 people in 40 countries.

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