Lhyfe launches its first UK project

Global green and renewable hydrogen pioneer Lhyfe has unveiled plansfor its first UK plant to support the country’s net zero ambitions.

The company’s proposed facility in the North East of England is receiving support from Shepherd Offshore, a leading maritime and energy service provider, following the signing of a land deal.

If plans are approved, Lhyfe’s facility on the brownfield site of the historic Neptune Bank Power Station in Wallsend, North Tyneside, would have an initial capacity of
20 megawatts (MW), capable of producing up to eight tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

Named Lhyfe Wallsend, this plant aims to supply a range of organisations seeking to decarbonise their manufacturing and transport operations.

Lhyfe is one of the world’s pioneersin the production of green and renewable hydrogen through water electrolysis, with its units being powered by green electricity.

Water is fed into the electrolyser, which is split into hydrogen and oxygen meaning the only by-product is oxygen.

The France-based multinational’s first plant in Pays de la Loire, Western France, has been operational since the second half of 2021, with two more sites inaugurated in the Occitanie and Brittany regions in December 2023.

Several other sites are currently under construction or extension across Europe.

Lhyfe is in advanced talks with several energy-intensive businesses in the area and across the UK, including those with transport fleets that could use hydrogen in their operations.

Companies and sectors lookingto decarbonise are encouraged to contact Lhyfe to discuss opportunities to collaborate.

Lhyfe’s planning application will be submitted to North Tyneside Council in the spring, with a programme of community engagement underway.

The project is subject to obtaining notably building permission and a financial investment decision.