France offers €149m to green hydrogen scheme

Lhyfe has pioneered green hydrogen production in France (Lhyfe)
France will offer a €149m grant to green hydrogen company Lhyfe to build an electrolysis plant in the Channel port of Le Havre.

The Nante-based company is planning to install a 100MW electrolyser in the commune of Gonfreville–L’Orcher, near the Grand Canal industrial zone. When operational in 2028, the 2.8ha site will produce up to 34 tonnes of hydrogen a day.

Matthieu Guesné, founder and chief executive of Lhyfe, commented in a press release: “The region’s needs are present and massive, and we can meet them right now with a clean, mature and appropriate technology.”

This project has been selected by the French government as part of the third wave of the “Important Projects of Common European Interest” hydrogen programme.

The project is subject to authorisations, construction permits, and the final financial investment decision by Lhyfe and its partners.

In 2021, Lhyfe opened the world’s first industrial-scale, wind-powered green hydrogen plant at Bouin, south of Nantes on France’s west coast. The year after, it inaugurated the first offshore green hydrogen production pilot platform (see further reading).

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