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Lhyfe building Germany’s largest commercial green hydrogen plant

Lhyfe building Germany’s largest commercial green hydrogen plant
An artist's rendering of the Schwäbisch Gmünd green hydrogen site (image courtesy Lhyfe).

France-headed green hydrogen producer Lhyfe, has announced that it is starting the construction of a hydrogen production plant in the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany. The ground breaking was held on October 12, 2023, and site, which is the largest green hydrogen plant in Baden-Württemberg, will be the first to supply hydrogen directly to an industrial park.

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The 10 MW plant will produce up to 4 tonnes per day or 1,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen and is the first in a network of many plants that will be operated by Lhyfe to supply green hydrogen nationwide in Germany in the coming years.

Lhyfe’s ambition is to become a major player in green hydrogen delivered in bulk for the broader market in Germany and France by 2025.

Milestone project

According to the company, the project in Schwäbisch Gmünd represents a milestone in the market ramp-up of green hydrogen in Germany and exemplifies the integration of renewable gas into local ecosystems.

The plant, which will use renewable electricity secured from hydro, wind, and solar power purchase agreements, is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2024.

The hydrogen will be used partly in the “H2-Aspen” industrial park and at a JET H2 hydrogen filling station. Last January, Lhyfe and the joint venture JET H2 signed an agreement for the construction of the hydrogen filling station in Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Through cooperations like this, Schwäbisch Gmünd is developing into a model region for the nationwide development of hydrogen and filling station networks as a central supply infrastructure. Schwäbisch Gmünd is part of the model region of the state of Baden-Württemberg and, with the completion of the plant, will then also be the largest hydrogen producer in the state. We are thus creating a basis for marketing the land in Aspen, which will enable the companies to produce climate-neutrally, Richard Arnold, Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd.

The project, which is funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the EU among others, thus supports a sustainable neighbourhood solution for the local industry and lays the foundation for future climate-friendly infrastructure on the site.

Being part of the Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) project it has also received part of a EUR 6.433 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

项目的经济可行性hydrogen solutions in the transport and industry sectors and also supports the state of Baden-Württemberg in its efforts to become a model region for the development of hydrogen refueling infrastructure. We very much welcome the fact that the state and the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd want to implement their ambitious goals for a hydrogen economy based on renewable energies and that we are taking this step together. With the construction of the production plant, we are making an important contribution to the goals of the federal government, said Luc Graré, Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Lhyfe.

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