Lhyfe has undertaken a groundbreaking initiative by constructing the largest commercial green hydrogen production plant in Germany. This significant endeavor marks a pivotal moment, as it brings green hydrogen to the masses for the very first time. Located in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, this project represents a notable milestone in the broader market transition towards green hydrogen in Germany.
The plant, which will use renewable electricity secured from hydro, wind and solar power purchase agreements, should be commissioned in the second half of 2024. In addition, it will be able to produce up to 4 tonnes per day of green hydrogen (about 1,000 tonnes per year) based on 10 MW installed capacity.
The hydrogen will be used partly in the “H2-Aspen” industrial park and at a JET H2 hydrogen filling station. Last January, Lhyfe and the joint venture JET H2 signed an agreement for the construction of the hydrogen filling station in Schwäbisch Gmünd. The project, which is funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the EU, among others, thus supports a sustainable neighbourhood solution for the local industry and lays the foundation for future climate-friendly infrastructure on the site. This project, which is part of the HyFIVE (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles) project, is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through a €6.4 grant agreement.
“The project demonstrates the economic viability of hydrogen solutions in the transport and industry sectors and also supports the state of Baden-Württemberg in its efforts to become a model region for the development of hydrogen refueling infrastructure. We very much welcome the fact that the state and the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd want to implement their ambitious goals for a hydrogen economy based on renewable energies and that we are taking this step together. With the construction of the production plant, we are making an important contribution to the goals of the federal government,” says Luc Graré, Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Lhyfe.
Richard Arnold, major of Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany, added that “through cooperations like this, Schwäbisch Gmünd is developing into a model region for the nationwide development of a hydrogen and filling station network as a central supply infrastructure. Schwäbisch Gmünd is part of the model region of the state of Baden-Württemberg and, with the completion of the plant, will then also be the largest hydrogen producer in the state. We are thus creating a basis for marketing the land in Aspen, which will enable the companies to produce climate-neutrally”.