DORIS and Lhyfe Agree to Launch the First Floating Wind Turbine to Integrate a Hydrogen Production System

By November 29, 2021 3   min read  (566 words)

November 29, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, DORIS and Lhyfe Agree to Launch the First Floating Wind Turbine to Integrate a Hydrogen Production System

After a period of 12 months of joint Research and Development program focused on the development of economically viable offshore hydrogen production solutions, DORIS, integrated engineering and project management company leader in offshore developments, and Lhyfe, pioneer global player and pure player in the production of renewable green hydrogen, have decided to formalize their initial partnership in order to accelerate their work on offshore hydrogen production in order to launch the first floating wind turbine to integrate a hydrogen production system , and identify opportunities on a larger scale.

Through this agreement promoting a relationship of trust and mutual understanding, DORIS and Lhyfe wish to link the exceptional character of their technical innovations, the excellence of their respective expertise, to a commitment to work together.

The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two companies comes just a few weeks after the production of the first hundreds of kilos of ecological green hydrogen by Lhyfe in its plant in Bouin in Vendée. The operational knowledge generated by this world first will be used to finalize the development of DORIS / Lhyfe’s proprietary solution called NerehydTM. This exclusive product combines Lhyfe’s know-how in the production of renewable green hydrogen with the floating wind turbine solution from DORIS called Nerewind. The NerehydTM solution, which integrates a hydrogen production site in the float of the wind turbine, can be deployed for applications connected to the grid or off-grid (“offgrid”), for small-scale production of 10 MW,
The budget – integrating R&D and the production of the first prototype, which should see the light of day in 2025 – amounts to around 60 million euros.

The two partners are pursuing the following objectives:
• Finalization of the design;
• Lifting of the main technical and economic obstacles;
• Development and financing of a pilot project;
• Identification of target projects for industrial deployment.

Xavier Grandiaud, Deputy CEO of DORIS Engineering, declares: “ While we have no doubts that producing green hydrogen on land will be the first step in large-scale global development, we deeply believe in the need to move rapidly offshore to meet the strong demand ahead, which will require a massive amount of electricity. With Lhyfe, we believe that offshore production will be the best way to successfully produce large amounts of green hydrogen without impacting land landscapes or relying on an existing grid connection. Our NerehydTM solution is the perfect tool for large-scale, sustainable and economically viable green hydrogen production. With Lhyfe, we now have all the keys in hand for Nerehyd to be a success. ”

Mathieu Guesné, founding president of Lhyfe, adds: “ We are delighted with the progress of our projects with DORIS. If, at Lhyfe, we located our first production site near the ocean, it is to start producing in offshore conditions because we have been convinced from day one: offshore is the key the massive development of renewable hydrogen. We are starting to see more and more offshore wind farms appear and traditional players are keen on prospects for developing their infrastructures and solutions. We are therefore very optimistic about the development of this sector and are working to offer a range of solutions to adapt to each situation ”.

In addition to the co-development of NerehydTM, a major objective of the collaboration, Lhyfe and DORIS will study the possibility of extending this collaboration to other types of offshore hydrogen production solutions.

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