Lhyfe launches ‘world first’ offshore green hydrogen site

Lhyfe has launched what it claims is the world’s first offshore green hydrogen site in Saint-Nazaire, France.

The multinational started the 18-month wind powered pilot yesterday (September, 22) , as part its drive towards large-scale carbon reduction, and to prove that it is now possible to produce the clean energy source offshore. All being well, it will start industrial deployment from 2024.

The launch comes after Lhyfe began its first UK operation in North East England to identify opportunities to deploy production facilities to support the country’s net zero ambitions.

Producing hydrogen using offshore wind turbines could allow all coastal countries to develop green solutions for regions, industry, transport and fuel distribution. However, until now, no one has ever produced renewable green hydrogen at sea. In 2021, Lhyfe, inaugurated the world’s first plant supplying renewable green hydrogen produced using wind power to customers in western France. The company has “voluntarily set the bar high” by installing its production unit on a floating platform, connected to a floating wind turbine.Sealhyfe will have to meet several major and unprecedented challenges, including:

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