The 200 megawatt (MW) installation at the Delfzijl chemical cluster, in the province of Groningen, will be able to produce more than 20,000 tons of renewable green hydrogen per year. This corresponds to 55 tons per day, which will expel 2.2 million tons of CO2 within 10 years.
The announcement comes after Lhyfe recently launched its UK operation, based in North East England, with the aim of large-scale decarbonisation. The company has already secured the necessary piece of land and sustainable energy connections in the Netherlands and plans to start using the plant as early as 2026.
Home to an important industrial and chemical industry, Delfzijl already uses large amounts of hydrogen in production processes and demand will grow significantly in the future. Lhfye will be able to support companies in their decarbonisation efforts by supplying them with renewable green hydrogen using renewable electricity from the region in the electrolysis process.
With the roll-out of a national pipeline to supply industrial clusters, the Netherlands aims to be one of Europe’s pioneers in the field of green hydrogen. This ‘hydrogen backbone’ will be based on the Groningen gas network that will soon be abandoned. Old salt caverns will be converted to store hydrogen along the spine, ensuring a steady flow of green hydrogen to industrial users when renewable energy is not available.
“Delfzijl is an ideal location for the production of renewable green hydrogen as it has direct access to renewable energy from its offshore wind power plants located off the coast,” said Luc Grare, Head of Central and Eastern Europe at Lhyfe. “Groningen is one of Europe’s forerunners when it comes to the energy transition. The aim of the region is to become the leading hydrogen valley of northwestern Europe and to build a complete value chain of production, storage and transport of green hydrogen. We fully support this development and are proud to be part of the journey. Renewable green hydrogen as an energy carrier will support the transportation of offshore generated energy across the country, relieving an already congested power grid. For example, the Lhyfe factory in Delfzijl can supply green hydrogen throughout the Netherlands, but also to potential customers in Germany and other neighboring countries.”
Lhfye is driving the renewable green hydrogen market in many European countries and aims to become a leading producer, with a target of a total installed capacity of 3 GW by 2030. To achieve this, the company is setting up regional hydrogen hubs through various plant sizes across the country. Europe – including the Delfzijl project.
The company is also setting new standards in the offshore hydrogen sector, launching the world’s first offshore renewable green hydrogen production pilot project in Saint-Nazaire, France, on September 22.
The Delfzijl project is subject to obtaining the required operating and building permits, as well as a financial investment decision.
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