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French government awards Lhyfe a grant of up to €149M for large-scale production of green hydrogen

Lhyfe received confirmation from the French government of a financial support in the form of a grant of up to €149 million for the construction of a green hydrogen production plant with an installed electrolysis capacity of 100 MW near Le Havre.

This project, led by Lhyfe for over two years, has been approved by the European Commission as part of the third wave of IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) on hydrogen.

With this project, Lhyfe intends to produce up to 34 tonnes of green hydrogen per day near the Grand Canal du Havre, one of Europe’s largest industrial port areas. The site is close to the Yara plant in Le Havre, the decarbonization roadmap of which includes the use of green hydrogen. Yara is interested in and supports Lhyfe’s project, and will explore with Lhyfe all possible collaborations to decarbonize its industrial process.

The Lhyfe production site, to be located on a 2.8-hectare plot of land in Gonfreville-l’Orcher, is scheduled to be operational by 2028.

This project has been selected by the French government as part of the third wave of the IPCEI hydrogen program approved by the European Commission. IPCEI are transnational meta-projects identified as strategic for the European Union.

Implementation of this project is subject to the granting of operating authorizations, construction permits as well as final financial investment decisions by Lhyfe and its main partners.



FuelCell Energy's Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC) produces hydrogen at nearly 90 percent electrical efficiency without excess heat and can reach 100 percent efficiency when using excess heat.


I calculate to make all the SAF from green hydrogen we will need all the renewable electricity on the US grid, that means we need to double the amount of renewable electricity on the US grid.



Topsoe Haldor, who I think seriously impressive for the last 40 years or so, favour SOEC, and reckon they can make it work economically. Their fuel cells already last 4 years, not the 2 quoted here, and they are increasing it. And swapping out a fuel cell is a comparatively minor part of balance of plant, which of course anyway goes to recycling. They have provided reasonably comprehensive analysis of how it works.

Re renewables in the grid:
I really like this one:

' "The carbon nanotubes we use are very transparent and conduct electricity well. They have the potential to bring clean power within reach for millions of people—and we look forward to seeing how our invention will be used."

The panels can generate more than 36 mW per square centimeter—and the back panel produced nearly 97% of the power that the front panel did. That compares to 75%–95% for most bifacial panels currently on the market.'

Checking out the linked academic study behind it, they are also incredibly tough and long lasting.

I may be a 'nuclear guy' but that does not mean that I sniff at renewables when they are cheap and long lasting enough! ;-)

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