Lhyfe and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop offshore hydrogen production platforms.
This agreement comes as Lhyfe and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, who have already been working together for 18 months as part of the SEM-REV project on the co-development of a pilot system for offshore hydrogen production, prepare to launch the world’s first offshore renewable hydrogen production demonstrator in September 2022, off the coast of Saint-Nazaire (France).
On the strength of this first demonstrator, the two companies wanted to reinforce their partnership to deploy the system on a large scale. Lhyfe and Chantiers de l’Atlantique will collaborate on offshore renewable hydrogen production projects with on-grid or off-grid wind farms. Chantiers de l’Atlantique will design, build and install the platforms, while Lhyfe will be in charge of designing and operating the renewable hydrogen production facilities.
For offshore projects, the two partners plan to develop production solutions with a minimum capacity of 100 MW, which will be installed on existing fixed structures or mounted on seabed foundations or floating platforms
Thomas Créach, Lhyfe’s Technical Director, said, “Thanks to the complementarity and solidity of our expertise, and based on our previous achievements, we are now in a position to respond to the various calls for tenders related to offshore. The production of renewable green hydrogen on a very large scale is now within reach!”
For Frédéric Grizaud, Director of the Marine Energy & Engineering Business Unit (AOE), Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said, “The signing of this agreement is the concrete materialisation of a successful collaboration between two companies with a desire to play a full role in the energy transition. We are now in a position in France to offer green hydrogen production solutions for the international market.”
Chantiers de l’Atlantique has developed recognised expertise in renewable marine energies via its Marine Energy & Engineering business unit (Atlantique Offshore Energy). Lhyfe is one of the leading and most advanced players worldwide in renewable green hydrogen.