Lhyfe and Nantes – Saint Nazaire Port forge hydrogen alliance

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/11/2022 Lhyfe 
Green hydrogen specialist Lhyfe and French harbour Nantes – Saint Port have reached a partnership agreement to combine their efforts and expertise to explore the establishment of an offshore hydrogen production supply chain.

Lhfye is producing renewable green hydrogen by using water and wind or sun to power electrolysers. It launched Sealhyfe, the world’s first offshore renewable hydrogen production pilot, in the Saint Nazaire dock basins at the end of September. Sealhyfe will have a capacity of 1 MW and will be connected to a floating wind turbine.

The France-based multinational is also considering developing fixed or floating offshore renewable hydrogen production platforms.

It is ramping up research and development investments as close as possible to energy sources at sea. By 2030-2035, the offshore sector could represent additional installed capacity of the order of 3 GW for Lhyfe.

The collaboration aims to identify port areas and facilities capable of accommodating R&D prototypes, as well as the industrial requirements for the construction of equipment and supporting infrastructure needed for large-scale offshore hydrogen production. The companies will also study how best to bring the renewable gas ashore and integrate it into the land-based network.

Matthieu Guesné, CEO and founder of Lhyfe, said: “The development of offshore hydrogen production is the next major challenge awaiting us.

“Following the integration and inauguration of our Sealhyfe platform at the Saint Nazaire port facility, we are going to pursue our collaboration with this port facility, which possesses a great deal of related expertise, to accelerate the development of solutions that will make it possible to decarbonise mobility and industry on a massive scale, in all coastal regions.”
 

Nantes ‒ Saint Nazaire Port, France’s fourth largest seaport aims to be the first major port facility for hydrogen on France’s Atlantic Seaboard.

Olivier Trétout, Chair of the Management Board of Nantes ‒ Saint Nazaire Port, said: “Over the course of several years now, energy transition has become a reality at the Port of Nantes ‒ Saint Nazaire.

“We are confronted by climate and energy challenges that require us to speed up our actions and to rapidly identify new solutions.

“Green hydrogen is a sector of the future in which we have great faith, as do many of the regional community’s industrial and institutional players.

“The Port of Nantes ‒ Saint Nazaire has the credentials to be a major port facility for the accommodation of that sector of activity.

“The partnership agreed with Lhyfe constitutes an essential first stage in the process of identifying the requirements for the large-scale deployment of renewable hydrogen production.”