Thursday, April 18, 2024

Lhyfe, ENERPARC partner to produce renewable hydrogen from solar energy

French renewable hydrogen startup Lhyfe has signed its first project powered by solar photovoltaics. This is the company’s first official project using energy other than wind power.

In Brandenburg, Germany, Lhyfe will couple its green hydrogen production system to the 20 MW photovoltaic installation of ENERPARC, one of Germany’s largest photovoltaic developers. Based in Luckau, Brandenburg, this project is intended to serve industry, transport companies, filling stations, and municipalities in the region.

The electrolyzer, which has an output of 5 MW, will produce up to 1200 kg of green hydrogen a day. The climate-friendly energy carrier will be used in industrial processes and transport applications in the region. Construction of the site will begin in the summer of 2022, with the first deliveries scheduled for the end of 2023.

The project aims to create an example of how a climate-neutral and local energy supply can be designed.

“For the competitive production of green hydrogen, a favorable electricity supply is of decisive importance,” says Armin Scherl, Head of Systems Engineering at ENERPARC AG. “The direct supply of locally produced solar electricity for electrolysis is therefore particularly effective. This project is a very valuable partnership that further expands the philosophy of both companies: a sustainable ecological and at the same time economic transformation of the energy sector.”

Recently, Lhyfe’s team inaugurated the world’s first industrial production site for renewable hydrogen from wind turbines. In December 2021, the company also announced its first collaboration in Germany with its participation in Deutsche Bahn’s H2goesRail project. The company already has around sixty projects in France and abroad, and this collaboration with one of the major developers of solar energy in Germany opens up particularly exciting prospects in Germany.