Lhyfe: A €149 M subsidy to mass produce green hydrogen in Le Havre

Lhyfe subsidy green hydrogen LE Havre
Lhyfe: A €149 M subsidy to mass produce green hydrogen in Le Havre

The Nantes-based company, Lhyfe is to receive subsidy from the French government for the construction of a green hydrogen production plant with an installed electrolysis capacity of 100 MW.

During his visit to Le Havre for the 7th Seine Axis meetings on March 18th, Roland Lescure, the French Deputy Minister for Industry and Energy, confirmed that the French government would provide up to €149 million in support for the Lhyfe project. The group intends to produce up to 34 tonnes of green hydrogen a day near the Grand Canal in Le Havre, one of Europe’s largest industrial port areas. This production should be of interest to Yara, one of the major players in fertilisers, which also has a plant in Le Havre, and whose decarbonisation roadmap includes the use of green hydrogen.

A project within the third wave of IPCEI

Lyfe’s production site, which is to be located on a 2.8-hectare plot of land in Gonfreville-l’Orcher, is due to open in 2028. It should be noted that this project has been selected by the French government as part of the third wave of hydrogen IPCEI* validated by the European Commission.

Lhyfe Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Matthieu Guesné commented: “We are honored by the government’s significant support for Lhyfe’s project to build the future green hydrogen production site at Gonfreville-L’Orcher, which is a concrete expression of the decarbonization policy France has been pursuing for several years.” He then added: “The region’s needs are present and massive, and we can meet them right now with a clean, mature and appropriate technology.”

*IPCEI (“Important Projects of Common European Interest”) are transnational meta-projects identified as strategic by the European Union.

Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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