European green hydrogen company Lhyfe has started the construction of the largest commercial green hydrogen production facility in Germany.
The plant in Schwäbisch Gmünd, east of Stuttgart, will use renewable electricity from hydro, wind, and solar power plants. it is planned to be commissioned in the second half of 2024.
The project represents a milestone in the market ramp-up of green hydrogen in Germany and exemplifies the integration of renewable gas into local ecosystems, Lhyfe said.
This plant is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through a EUR 6.4 grant
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.
The project is funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the European Union, among others, said the France-based company, present in 11 European countries.
This plant is part of the HyFIVE (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles) project and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through a EUR 6.4 grant agreement.
Arnold: The Schwäbisch Gmünd is developing into a model region for the nationwide development of hydrogen and filling station network
Luc Graré, Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Lhyfe, said that the facility demonstrates the economic viability of 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.
According to Richard Arnold, a major of Schwäbisch Gmünd, through cooperations like this, the city is developing into a model region for the nationwide development of hydrogen and filling station network 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”, Arnold stressed.
Lhyfe has a total installed production capacity of 10.3 GW
Lhyfe, according to the company’s data, has a total installed production capacity of 10.3 GW across Europe.
“In 2021, Lhyfe inaugurated the world’s first large-scale green hydrogen production plant linked to a wind farm in France. In 2022, the world’s first offshore pilot platform for the production of green hydrogen was inaugurated at the port of Saint-Nazaire. This makes Lhyfe the first company globally to have already started offshore hydrogen production, based on a production capacity of up to 400 kg/day,” said Lhyfe.