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The world’s first offshore green hydrogen facility is planning to hit France, and soon. With a proposed start-up date of 2022, the selected location of offshore Le Croisic on France’s Atlantic coast will be revamped with a new hydrogen production site.
The independent energy expert and assurance provider, DNV, will monitor and lead the process safety study in an effort to locate environmental, safety, and operational risks that may come with the creation of the first offshore hydrogen production facility. Lhyfe, a producer and supplier of renewable hydrogen and Centrale Nantes, a French school of engineering, will demonstrate the reliability of an offshore electrolyser. This is the first-time initiatives for offshore green hydrogen production are developing throughout Europe. Several renewable energy projects have recently been announced globally with numerous onshore green hydrogen production centers among Europe.
Lhyfe and Centrale Nantes intend to discover the full benefits and consequences of offshore green hydrogen during a time when the utilization of renewable energy is becoming more prevalent. The DNV will specifically investigate the risks of the floating barge, fuel cells, and hydrogen production. To provide an accurate assessment, DNV’s experts and students will attend workshops and technical sessions relevant to the project.
The offshore electrolyser will be inputted on GEPS Techno’s floating platform which will be connected to the sources of Marine Renewable Energy located on the offshore test site. During operation, this production process only emits oxygen; no CO2 is released.
Renewable hydrogen can be utilized as fuel in addition to powering a fuel cell and producing green ammonia. Hydrogen has no carbon emissions which could be used for long-term storage and heating. When electricity is generated from renewable sources, carbon-free hydrogen becomes the resulting energy carrier. The economic value of green hydrogen appears more than promising due to the guaranteed future increase of wind and solar power.
The prototype was developed by a consortium of partners: Geps Techno, IFREMER, Centrale Nantes, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Blue Solutions, SNEF and ICAM.*