Orsted aims to produce its first green hydrogen by the end of this year after a final decision to build a pilot plant in Copenhagen that it said will mark “a new era” for the global offshore wind giant.

Orsted will press ahead with the H2RES demonstration project that will link a 2MW onshore electrolyser with a pair of 3.6MW Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines at Avedøre Holme on the outskirts of the Danish capital.

H2RES will be Orsted’s first green H2 project, but is expected to be just the first step by the Danish group and many other major renewables players to meet surging demand for the key energy transition fuel, which is central to plans by the EU and individual European nations to hit climate and energy targets.