Lhyfe and Germany’s ENERPARC AG join forces to produce renewable hydrogen from solar energy
Nantes / Hamburg, 13 January 2022 - Lhyfe, a global pioneer and pure player in the production of green renewable hydrogen, has signed its first project powered by solar photovoltaics. This is the company’s first official project using energy other than wind power. In Germany, in Brandenburg, Lhyfe will couple its hydrogen production system to the 20 MW photovoltaic installation of ENERPARC, one of Germany’s largest photovoltaic developers.
Already seen as market leaders in their respective sectors, Lhyfe and ENERPARC share the development and implementation of individual and customised solutions. Based in Luckau, Brandenburg, this project is intended to serve industry, transport companies, filling stations and municipalities in the region.
The successful transformation of industry and the transport sector towards climate neutrality depends to a large extent on renewable hydrogen. Establishing decentralised production sites at an early stage and making them available to local customers will play a key role in supporting this transformation. In addition, the establishment of local production sites should serve to reduce emerging import dependencies of the European Union in the long term.
The 5 MW plant, which will be wholly owned by Lhyfe, will produce up to 1 200 kg of green hydrogen a day. Construction of the site will begin in the summer of 2022, with the first deliveries scheduled for the end of 2023.
"For the competitive production of green hydrogen, a favourable electricity supply is of decisive importance. 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," says Armin Scherl, Head of Systems Engineering at ENERPARC AG.
Matthieu Guesné, Lhyfe’s founding president, adds: "We are delighted to announce this second project in Germany. And we are even more proud of this project as it will be our first official project using an energy other than wind. In order to make a success of the energy transition, we need to adapt to all the renewable energies available in the regions, and so we are very keen to participate in Brandenburg's transition with ENERPARC's solar energy."
In September 2021, Lhyfe inaugurated the world's first industrial production site for renewable hydrogen from wind turbines. In December, the company 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.
Founded in 2017 in Nantes, Lhyfe produces and supplies green and renewable hydrogen for use in the transport sector and industry. Its production sites make it at last possible to source renewable hydrogen in industrial quantities and to deploy a virtuous energy model geared towards environmental friendliness. Lhyfe has entities in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain and will soon have in the region of 100 staff. The company is a member of France Hydrogène and Hydrogen Europe. Lhyfe raised 70 million euros in funding between 2019 and 2021 and inaugurated its first industrial green hydrogen production site on 30 September. It will inaugurate its first offshore production demonstrator in 2022.
About ENERPARC AG
Headquartered in Hamburg, ENERPARC is a leading utility-scale photovoltaic company that covers the entire value chain. The services range from development over design, procurement and construction to operations and maintenance as well as asset management and energy trading. Founded in 2008, ENERPARC has become a global player with 300+ experienced employees and licensed partners in Spain, France, India, and Australia. ENERPARC has successfully commissioned projects with an overall capacity of 3,470 and is operating 2,400 MW.
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