Lhyfe, a leading player in green and renewable hydrogen production in Europe, has disclosed its groundbreaking initiative to scale up green hydrogen output in Germany.
Lhyfe is set to establish one of the largest hydrogen production facilities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, situated in Lubmin, with an anticipated capacity to produce up to an impressive 330 tons of green hydrogen per day. The plant’s targeted commissioning date is slated for 2029, marking a significant stride in Germany’s pursuit of sustainable energy solutions.
Integral to Lhyfe’s overarching development strategy, this plant aims to integrate into the German core hydrogen pipeline network, aligning with the recent unveiling of a substantial €20 billion financing plan by the German government dedicated to fostering hydrogen infrastructure.
Germany’s commitment to leveraging green hydrogen as a pivotal tool in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels was underscored two weeks ago when the government announced a projected investment of 20 billion euros by 2032. This substantial allocation is earmarked for constructing a sprawling 9,700-kilometer hydrogen pipeline network, designed to facilitate seamless transportation across the nation and to neighboring countries.
Lhyfe’s multifaceted strategy involves strategically situating green hydrogen production units in close proximity to the evolving European hydrogen backbone. This approach ensures accessibility and facilitates the supply of hydrogen to a diverse array of customers, bolstering the decarbonization efforts across various industrial sites.
Over the past two years, Lhyfe has meticulously developed a formidable portfolio encompassing 3.8 GW of installed electrolysis capacity, constituting 37 percent of its total project pipeline. Notable among these initiatives are significant projects in Perl (Saarland) and Delfzijl (the Netherlands), strategically positioned near upcoming hydrogen transport infrastructures. These strategic placements are poised to enable reliable and efficient transportation and utilization of future hydrogen production, substantially contributing to regional decarbonization endeavors.
The Lubmin project aligns seamlessly with both Lhyfe’s backbone strategy and Germany’s green hydrogen development agenda. The site holds strategic significance due to its proximity to the German hydrogen backbone and boasts access to robust existing and future electricity capacities generated from offshore wind farms. Furthermore, an existing extra-high voltage grid connection operated by 50Hertz, the transmission system operator, will cater to the necessary power requirements for hydrogen production.
Notably, the planned plant will repurpose the site of a decommissioned nuclear power plant, amplifying its environmental credentials. While currently in the developmental phase, the project is scheduled for operational commencement by 2029, featuring an electrolysis capacity of 800 MW and the potential to churn out up to 330 tons of green hydrogen daily.
Luc Grare, Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Lhyfe, underscored the strategic significance of the location, emphasizing its pivotal role not just for immediate requirements but also as a sustainable cornerstone for future generations.