Lhyfe plans 200 MW hydrogen plant in Northern Netherlands

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The Netherlands – Hydrogen-starter Lhyfe plans to build a 200 megawatt green hydrogen plant in Delfzijl. The installation will use offshore wind power for electrolysis.

The plant will have an annual production capacity of more than 20,000 tons of green hydrogen, equivalent to 55 tons per day, saving 2.2 million tons of CO2 emissions over a ten-year period. Commissioning of the green hydrogen plant is scheduled for 2026 at the earliest.

Lhyfe says it has already purchased the necessary land and arranged the electrical connection to renewable energy. However, realization still depends on necessary permits and a final investment decision.

Major customer

Delfzijl is an ideal location for renewable green hydrogen production, according to Lhyfe. ‘Because it has direct access to renewable energies from the offshore wind power plants located off the coast,’ says Luc Graré, head of Central and Eastern Europe at Lhyfe. ‘Groningen is one of Europe’s pioneers when it comes to energy transition. The region’s goal is to become the leading hydrogen valley of northwestern Europe and build a complete value chain of production, storage and transportation of green hydrogen. We fully support this development and are proud to be part of this journey. The company emphasizes that Delfzijl is already a major consumer of hydrogen as a chemical feedstock and expects demand there to increase significantly in the future.

Don’t wait

During the Hydrogen Trail Europe in early summer, the editors of Industry & Energy visited starter Lhyfe in western France. It is a young company that is attracting a lot of capital with its dynamic and proactive approach. The company does not wait, but learns by doing. On the west coast in France, in Bouin, a 2 megawatt electrolyzer from the company has been producing hydrogen from seawater since last year. And in late September 2022, in Saint-Nazaire, Lhyfe launched a pilot plant to produce hydrogen at sea. The electrolyzer on a floating platform will be connected directly to a Vestas floating wind turbine about 26 to 30 kilometers from the coast, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lhyfe’s philosophy is not to wait, but to start now with smaller installations to scale up later. Thus, the company wants to pioneer and scale up based on lessons learned. For several places in Europe, including Dutch and German industrial clusters, the startup is developing plans for plants with capacities of tens and even hundreds of megawatts. Because the company is young, it is still hardly part of existing systems. As a result, it is not tied to existing sites or, for example, a huge workforce. As a result, it can seek out and even shape the situation itself.

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