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Analysis of location of energy parks

Huge potential for renewable energy on Lolland

Favorable weather conditions, available land and local support for production of green electricity make Lolland an obvious place to expand the land-based renewable energy capacity.

However, bottlenecks in the electricity grid mean that the expansion is made difficult and delayed, as the expansion is slow and inflexible.

Sweco carried out an analysis for Ren Energi Lolland (REEL) mapping the potential for energy parks in Lolland.

Lolland | Denmark
Ren Energi Lolland (REEL)
GIS Mapping | Stakeholder Analysis | Scenario Analysis | Recommendations to create local support for the energy parks

The project is based on a desire from Lolland Municipality to be allocated the location of energy parks in the municipality and become an engine for the green transition in Eastern Denmark. Sweco’s solution proposal forms the background material for the municipality’s application to the Housing and Planning Agency.

Lolland has the prerequisites to become a center for the green transition in Denmark. The municipality has an enormous potential for the production of green electricity, and it is already being utilized to a large extent. At the moment, eight times more electricity is produced on Lolland than is consumed locally and the level is expected to rise towards 2030.

This pushes the power grid connections towards Zealand and creates bottlenecks, and the connections are both time-consuming and costly to strengthen.

Illustration - analyse af energipark

The analysis from Sweco

Sweco’s analysis recommends that energy parks with many megawatts of electricity production located in Lolland Municipality must face a significantly increased electricity consumption locally. It must ensure that we avoid unnecessary investments in the electricity grid, that the RE plants contribute to creating green business development in the municipality and that the energy parks gain local support.

In the proposed solution, Sweco recommends combining new green electricity production with large-scale PtX plants, which can utilize large parts of the electricity close to the production site. PtX will be an important element in the sector coupling between the electricity sector, the heating sector and the transport sector, which can utilize the green fuels to displace oil, diesel, etc.

The analysis shows a potential for establishing close to 900 megawatts of renewable energy plants distributed in four energy parks. If the green electricity production is combined with the production of green fuels in PtX plants, the existing capacity in the local electricity grid is utilized and the transmission connections to Zealand are not further challenged.

For the four designated areas, a value chain has been drawn up for the production and transport of electricity in conjunction with the production of PtX fuels. The value chain is important for REEL’s further work in attracting relevant companies and showing the municipal council which types of synergies you must be aware of exploiting.

Sweco’s services include:

GIS mapping of potential areas for setting up RE capacity and location of PtX facilities

Stakeholder analysis of all relevant stakeholders in the value chain, from production of renewable energy to consumers of green fuels, with a particular focus on synergies between the stakeholders

Scenario analysis of impact on the local electricity grid by adding new electricity generation and large energy consumers

General recommendations to create local support for the energy parks