Starting in May 2021 and with an investment of 6 million euros, Lhyfe plans to use the Bouin wind turbines and its electrolyser to produce green hydrogen.
The project will achieve a production capacity of 300 kilos of hydrogen per day, enough to meet the consumption of 700 hydrogen cars (a full = 6 to 7 kg), with its first electrolyser and plans are to double this capacity by the summer of 2021 and from there to be tripled.
Lhyfe Hydrogen is green hydrogen made from natural and renewable resources.
Lhyfe aims to build a more breathable world for future generations and considers that it is time to review the relationship between humans and the environment. The company produces green hydrogen from renewable energies and has developed an optimal industrial process for minimum energy consumption. Lhyfe favors the short circuit (local production and local distribution) for a virtuous energy model that creates value in the regions. Leaving the factory, the green hydrogen produced by Lhyfe has all the advantages of oil and gas without their drawbacks (vehicles using it reject only pure water droplets). And while 95% of the hydrogen produced today (known as “gray hydrogen”) generates up to 10 kg of CO 2 per kilo of hydrogen, Lhyfe’s hydrogen is completely clean (zero emissions). Better still: by producing its hydrogen, Lhyfe releases oxygen.
Directly connected to renewable energies
To produce its hydrogen, Lhyfe connects directly to renewable energies (wind, photovoltaic, hydraulic, solid biomass, etc.). It has designed an innovative industrial process significantly more efficient than existing solutions on the market. The solution is modular (it adapts to all types of renewable energy) and scalable (to support the changing needs of the territories). Lhyfe is developing its first production sites on land and thus capitalizes on the experience to create offshore production sites in the medium term.
Begun in June 2020, the innovations developed under the contract with CEA Tech will be implemented on the first green hydrogen production site at Lhyfe in Bouin (Vendée) in early 2021. The technologies developed in real conditions will thus make it possible to validate all of the developments made (design of the H2 system, management of wind power) before considering deploying hydrogen production at sea from 2022.
The European Marine Energy Alliance (MEA) consortium
Set up for 4 years, from May 2018 to May 2022 and endowed with a global budget of 6 million euros, the MEA’s objective is to enable European research centers specialized in marine renewable energies (EMR) to contribute to the development of projects in the start-up phase, until their technical and commercial maturity. Winning companies benefit from tailor-made services to achieve their objectives and contribute to the consistent growth of the marine energy industry in general. They thus have access to the global expertise of the project partners in terms of marine energy development.
As part of the European Interreg North-West Europe program, Lhyfe’s application was retained by the MEA through the development of prototypes. In co-piloting with the Dutch Marine Energy Center (DMEC, Netherlands), Lhyfe will thus benefit from scientific and commercial support from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, EMEC (UK), MaREI (Ireland) and INNOSEA (France).
The collaboration contract set up between the Research Institute for Developmentand Lhyfe aims to study, upstream, the effects at the global level of the restitution to the oxygen ecosystem, enabled by a deployment of the production of green hydrogen offshore by electrolysis. Through research carried out within the IUEM (European University Institute of the Sea), climatological analyzes, carried out from models used within the IPCC, will be carried out according to two preliminary scenarios: one dimensioning, the another minimalist, which will make it possible to envisage the best strategy for deploying offshore hydrogen production capacities, in order to optimally enhance the return of oxygen to the environment, the impact on the environment of which will be assessed up to 2100.
Matthieu Guesné, founder and CEO of Lhyfe : “These partnerships mark the growing interest that European programs and players are taking in Lhyfe’s ambitions. Because we are convinced that the open sea is the perfectly appropriate solution, we are determined to be the players of tomorrow in its implementation ”.