France’s Lhyfe to Produce Green H2 from Solar Energy in Germany

French green hydrogen producer Lhyfe has signed its first project powered by solar photovoltaics in Germany, which is intended to serve local industries, transport companies, filling stations and municipalities.

The 5 MW plant, which will be wholly owned by Lhyfe, is expected to up to 1200 kg of green hydrogen a day. Construction of the site will begin in the summer of 2022, with the first deliveries scheduled for the end of 2023.

In Brandenburg, a German town west of Berlin, Lhyfe will couple its hydrogen production system with the 20 MW photovoltaic installation by ENERPARC, one of the country’s key photovoltaic developers. This is the Lhyfe’s first official project using energy other than wind power, and the company believes that the establishment of local production sites should serve to reduce emerging import dependencies of the European Union in the long term.

“For the competitive production of green hydrogen, a favourable electricity supply is of decisive importance. The direct supply of locally produced solar electricity for electrolysis is therefore particularly effective. This project is a very valuable partnership that further expands the philosophy of both companies: a sustainable ecological and at the same time economic transformation of the energy sector,” says Armin Scherl, Head of Systems Engineering at ENERPARC AG.

Matthieu Guesné, Lhyfe’s founding president, adds: “We are delighted to announce this second project in Germany. And we are even more proud of this project as it will be our first official project using an energy other than wind. In order to make a success of the energy transition, we need to adapt to all the renewable energies available in the regions, and so we are very keen to participate in Brandenburg’s transition with ENERPARC’s solar energy.”

In September 2021, Lhyfe reportedly inaugurated the world’s first industrial production site for renewable hydrogen from wind turbines. The company currently has around sixty projects in France and abroad.

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