Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen project
May 10 2023
ABB Energy Industries is embarking on an ambitious venture in collaboration with Lhyfe and Skyborn to bring to life one of Europe's most impressive renewable hydrogen projects: SoutH2Port. This joint effort aims to optimize and realize the project on a grand scale, combining the expertise of Lhyfe, a pioneer in renewable hydrogen production, and Skyborn, a global leader in renewable energy.
The location for the new hydrogen production plant, operated by Lhyfe and Skyborn, has been chosen as the municipality of Söderhamn in Sweden, conveniently connected to Skyborn's 1 GW offshore wind farm at Storgrundet. Once fully operational, this plant is projected to yield approximately 240 tons of hydrogen per day, boasting an impressive installed capacity of 600 MW. This accomplishment will establish it as one of Europe's largest suppliers of renewable hydrogen.
Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries, emphasized the significance of this collaboration, stating, "This partnership aligns perfectly with our strategic goals in both the hydrogen and offshore wind sectors. To expedite the energy transition, it is vital to establish seamless supply chains through collaborations like these. Hydrogen plays a pivotal role in achieving global climate goals, particularly in the decarbonization of industrial and transportation sectors."
Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the companies, ABB will leverage its critical expertise to optimize the integration of hydrogen and electricity production throughout the entire ecosystem. This includes the implementation of automation, electrical, and digital technologies. Furthermore, ABB will drive the development of scalable commercial energy transition projects in the region and its surroundings, exploring opportunities to employ Power-to-X conversion technologies. These technologies can convert renewably sourced electricity into carbon-neutral energy carriers like hydrogen, enabling energy storage for future use.
Achim Berge Olsen, Chairman of Skyborn Renewables Sweden, expressed enthusiasm for ABB's participation, stating, "We are thrilled to have ABB, a global technology leader who shares our belief in the Power-to-X potential of the SoutH2Port project, join forces with Lhyfe in this collaboration. With ABB's unparalleled expertise in this field, we look forward to elevating this project to new heights."
Taia Kronborg, co-founder and Chief Business Officer at Lhyfe, highlighted the collaborative effort's advantages, saying, "By combining our expertise and solutions, we can effectively and safely expand the value created through the scaling up of renewable hydrogen production. The track record of Skyborn in offshore wind power, Lhyfe's proficiency in renewable hydrogen production, and ABB's technological expertise create fresh opportunities for Power-to-X solutions linked with large-scale renewable hydrogen production."
The establishment of the new plant will contribute to the decarbonization of the Swedish energy system. It will either directly supply hydrogen or facilitate downstream production of refined fuels such as methanol, sustainable aviation fuel, or ammonia. This aligns with the Swedish government's objective of becoming the world's first fossil-free welfare country by 2045. Additionally, SoutH2Port will bolster the region's attractiveness and competitiveness, generating new employment opportunities and business prospects.
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