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Lhyfe and EXOGEN to scale up hydrogen in Europe

Lhyfe and EXOGEN to scale up hydrogen in Europe
Mario Reinisch (left), EXOGEN Hydrogen Solutions, Philippe Desorme, Lhyfe, and Saverio Costanzo, EXOGEN Hydrogen Solutions at the “Lhyfe Pays de la Loire” facility, the world’s first industrial-scale green hydrogen production facility directly connected to a wind farm near Nantes, France (photo courtesy Lhyfe).

France-headed green hydrogen producer Lhyfe, and EXOGEN Hydrogen Solutions (EXOGEN), a fully owned subsidiary of UK-headed ESG specialist Park Lane Capital Advisory Ltd, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the combined offering of comprehensive decarbonization solutions for industrial steam, district heating, and mobility applications powered by green hydrogen.

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This partnership paves the way for a new type of ecosystem and vast markets for green and renewable hydrogen and includes a commercial agreement to identify potential customers across Europe.

In our mission to decarbonize energy applications, Lhyfe is an ideal partner; together we can serve customers across Europe with comprehensive solutions. I am very excited about the early feedback from multinationals and district heating providers for our combined offering. The future of energy applications is green, and we are right in the middle of it, said Saverio Costanzo, CRO at EXOGEN.

Both organizations will promote their respective products and services to the benefit of clients seeking to unlock operating synergies from integrated decarbonization solutions.

There is growing demand by multinationals and industrial clusters targeting operating synergies by combining thermal and mobility solutions powered by green hydrogen. The mobility applications are aimed at hydrogen refilling stations for forklifts, vans, delivery trucks, and cars.

Green hydrogen has become highly relevant for decarbonizing industrial steam, district heating, and logistics. By partnering with EXOGEN we expect a significant expansion of our green hydrogen production output over time, while also opening a completely new market segment for us. Therefore, we are very excited to work with EXOGEN and our clients to help unlock operating synergies and address new hydrogen demand, said Philippe Desorme, VP of Sales & Business Development at Lhyfe.

Thermal applications

Thermal solutions include industrial steam, large buildings, and district heating (DH) applications.

Steam production is a core component of many industrial processes with a highly valuable, continuous demand profile.

Industries with a large process steam demand include pulp and paper, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and the oil and gas industry.

Large buildings’ thermal applications include airports, hospitals, commercial centres, and campus heating facilities.

Decarbonizing heat is the single biggest challenge in energy markets. The Exogen Hydrogen Steam Plant is a great solution for many businesses because it will permanently eliminate CO2 and NOx emissions from their incumbent production process. As a result, our clients can deliver meaningfully decarbonized products and services to their customers, unlocking new growth opportunities, Saverio Costanzo said.

Onsite synergies

EXOGEN offers a pioneering Hydrogen Steam Plant, the HSP 3000, featuring boiler technology by Jericho Energy Ventures, Inc (JEV).  This breakthrough, zero-emissions steam plant for industrial and district heating applications is a turn-key solution.

The hydrogen-powered installation is produced and serviced by industry leader Sofinter Group and comes pre-assembled in container-sized units, shipped by road transport. It has no flue stack and eliminates all NOx and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial steam and district heating.

The only exhaust is clean water, which is ready for circular use with Lhyfe’s green hydrogen production system, further enhancing the positive environmental impact.

Green hydrogen demand enabler

Because of its base-load hydrogen demand profile, the Exogen HSP 3000 has become a key enabler for other hydrogen applications.

Once green hydrogen becomes available on-site and in industrial quantities, other applications, such as mobility, transport, and logistics, become natural extensions to further decarbonize the value chain.

As a result, the combined applications can unlock material operating synergies and cost advantages thanks to scale effects.

This is where the leading expertise of Lhyfe comes in.

Lhyfe inaugurated its first green hydrogen production site in 2021. With five additional sites under construction throughout Europe, it aims to achieve 55 MW of installed capacity of hydrogen production by the end of 2024, 200 MW by the end of 2026, and more than 3 GW by the end of 2030.

Through its production sites and its portfolio of projects, Lhyfe intends to provide access to green and renewable hydrogen in industrial quantities to significantly decarbonize sectors such as transport and industry such as chemicals, steel, and glass

Two avenues for growth

The partnership with EXOGEN can lead to significant capacity growth for the existing pipeline of projects at Lhyfe, servicing a large new end-market in industrial steam.

In addition, with district heating (DH) and process steam, Lhyfe is entering into two entirely new market segments, which are expected to lead to additional growth opportunities in green hydrogen production.

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