Lhyfe planning to produce up to 330 tons of green hydrogen per day in new Lubmin plant

Producer of green and renewable hydrogen in Europe, Lhyfe, is building a new 800 MW project in Lubmin, Germany, to supply the future European hydrogen backbone network.
Lhyfe planning to produce up to 330 tons of green hydrogen per day in new Lubmin plant
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Lhyfe is planning to produce up to 330 tons of green hydrogen per day in Lubmin plant, in one the largest plants to be built in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, with a targeted commissioning date by 2029.

The plant will feed into the German core hydrogen pipeline network, for the development of which the German government recently unveiled a 20 billion euro financing plan.

As part of its plan to utilise more green hydrogen as a means of reducing greenhouse emissions while simultaneously decreasing reliance on imported fossil fuels, the German government announced two weeks ago an estimated investment of 20 billion euros in the hydrogen network by 2032. This investment will support the construction of a 9,700-kilometre-long pipeline network to transport hydrogen across the country and to Germany’s neighbours.

Alongside its bulk and onsite strategy, Lhyfe’s backbone strategy consists in positioning some of its green hydrogen production units at locations specifically chosen for their proximity to the future European hydrogen backbone, thus enabling it to address a wide array of customers, delivered through these infrastructures once deployed.

As such, over the last two years, Lhyfe has developed a backbone project portfolio representing 3.8 GW of electrolysis installed capacity (as of June 2023) or 37 percent of its total project pipeline, including large projects such as in Perl (Saarland) and Delfzijl (the Netherlands) located near future hydrogen

transport infrastructures. These strategic locations aim to ensure that future hydrogen production can be reliably transported and used in the decarbonisation of industrial sites throughout these regions.

Lhyfe’s project in Lubmin is intended to fit very well in with both its backbone strategy and Germany’s strategy to support green hydrogen development, as it is located very close to the German hydrogen backbone. The new project site will offer access to extensive existing and future electricity production capacities from offshore wind farms. It also benefits from an extra-high voltage grid connection operated by 50Hertz, the transmission system operator, which already operates a transformer station in Lubmin and will feed all the required electricity power to produce hydrogen.

The plant will be built on the site of a decommissioned nuclear power plant, which makes it even more environmentally friendly. The project is currently in the development phase and is scheduled to go into operation by 2029 with an electrolysis capacity of 800 MW and a production capacity of up to 330 tons of green hydrogen per day.

“This location is of strategic importance to us” said Luc Graré, Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Lhyfe. “We are building these plants not only for our short-term needs, but also for future generations. The introduction of green hydrogen in Europe is a long-term project, and Lubmin meets all the requirements to establish itself as a sustainable centre for green hydrogen in the long term. We look forward to the long-term development of this location, to the development of the region’s core hydrogen infrastructure, and to supporting the longstanding decarbonisation of Europe’s industry and transport.”

The project’s implementation is subject notably to the granting of operating authorisations, construction permits, as well as to financial investment decisions.

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