Nantes– Lhyfe, producer and supplier of green hydrogen, announces its partnership with three leading players in research and development: the CEA, the Marine Energy Alliance (Interreg North-West Europe) and the Institut de Research for Development (IRD). Strengthened by these contracts, Lhyfe continues to push the technology of its production sites, and is preparing its offshore deployment.
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 ”.
About Lhyfe : Founded in 2017 in Nantes, Lhyfe is a producer and supplier of 100% green hydrogen for mobility and industry. Its modular and scalable production units finally allow access to green hydrogen in industrial quantities, and to enter into a virtuous energy model oriented environmental benefit. Lhyfe has 15 employees and is a member of Hydrogen Europe. It raised 8 million euros at the end of 2019 and laid the cornerstone of its first industrial site for the production of green hydrogen in 2020.