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Lhyfe starts producing the first kilos of renewable hydrogen from wind power

In France, renewable hydrogen producer Lhyfe Labs (Lhyfe) has announced that following a few days of testing, it has begun to produce hydrogen at its first site located in Bouin, Vendée. The plant has produced 627 kgs of renewable hydrogen, using an electrolyzer powered by wind turbines a few meters away.

Lhyfe Labs (Lhyfe) has announced that following a few days of testing, it has begun to produce hydrogen at its first site located in Bouin, Vendée. The plant has produced 627 kgs of renewable hydrogen, using an electrolyzer powered by wind turbines a few meters away (photo courtesy Lhyfe).

Founded in 2017 in Nantes, France, Lhyfe will produce and supply green and renewable hydrogen for use in the transport sector and industry. The company raised EUR 20 million in funding between 2019 and 2020 and is now commissioning its first industrial green hydrogen production site in Bouin.

According to Lhyfe, its modular production site concept aims to enable renewable hydrogen production in industrial quantities and to deploy a “virtuous energy model” geared towards environmental friendliness.

The industrial production facility for renewable hydrogen in Bouin is connected directly to a wind farm and, according to Lhyfe, is a unique technical achievement and the first of its kind in the world.

The purpose of this initial production was to finalize tests, before the end of September 2021, when industrial production and sales will start for new partners whose names are soon to be revealed.

The Bouin facility will produce 300 kilograms (kgs) of renewable hydrogen a day at Bouin, before ramping up to a tonne a day in the coming months.

Plans for world’s first offshore hydrogen production site

Lhyfe has also recently entered into collaboration with Chantiers de l’Atlantique to set up the world’s first offshore hydrogen production site at SEM-REV, Centrale Nantes’ offshore test site located off the coast of Le Croisic. This is planned to be operational on the SEM-REV site, from 2022.

The offshore test site meets all the criteria such as sources of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) and harsh environmental conditions, to validate offshore hydrogen production technology before moving towards large-scale industrial deployment in 2024.

This project, which will foster the development of a major hydrogen production industrial sector, is already supported by the Pays de la Loire Region, the Sea innovation cluster Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, and the Maritime Industry’s Strategic Committee.

The electrolyzer will be installed on GEPS Techno’s floating platform and connected to the various sources of MRE available on the offshore test site, including the Floatgen floating wind turbine.

Centrale Nantes is also making its research facilities available and providing support for the various regulatory, experimental and logistical phases to ensure a successful outcome.

Potential for offshore wind

According to Lhyfe, wind power – and in particular offshore wind – is a particularly relevant energy source for hydrogen production. Its availability (capacity factor over 50 percent) and its development potential make it all the more relevant.

Moreover, the water needed for the electrolysis process is available in unlimited quantities offshore, and floating wind farms could even operate without being connected to the grid.

Testing on the SEM-REV site will allow Lhyfe to showcase the expertise of a consortium of national and local players in the development and deployment of a renewable hydrogen production solution in France and abroad.

We are convinced that offshore production of renewable hydrogen is a perfectly suitable solution for the massive deployment of hydrogen that is on the horizon. Through this partnership and the bringing together of the most advanced expertise in the field, we are making great strides forward in our development and are determined to be the first in the world to deploy a solution for offshore renewable hydrogen production, said Matthieu Guesné, CEO and founder of Lhyfe.

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