Germany, France Announced New Green Hydrogen Projects

European ports continue their partnership in developing green hydrogen facilities. In Germany, Hamburg announced plans for the country’s first large-scale green energy import facility linked with the existing facilities in the port. In France, the city of Nantes’ Saint Nazaire Port is included in a project designed to support large-scale green hydrogen production facilities to provide fuel for the energy transition in the Loire Valley.

The project in Hamburg will see U.S. chemical industry company Air Products working with German energy company Mabanaft for the development of the country’s first large-scale green energy import terminal. The terminal is expected to provide strategic access to green ammonia from large-scale green hydrogen production facilities operated by AirProducts and its partners.

Ammonia will be imported to AirProducts facilities in Hamburg, where it will be converted to hydrogen. It will then be made available for customers in Northern Germany. The project is targeted to become operational by 2026.

“Now more than ever, we need to advance the hydrogen economy. To do this, we are setting up our own hydrogen production in Germany, but of course, we also need hydrogen from imports. An accelerated energy transition with more speed in expanding renewable energies and ramping up green hydrogen are the right answers to the Russian aggression and the right answers to strengthen energy security, resilience, and competitiveness.” German Economy Minister Habeck said.

France also studies an offshore hydrogen production supply chain. France’s fourth largest seaport, Saint Nazaire in Nantes, will work with Lhyfe, a French company developing renewable and green hydrogen sources to develop the hydrogen supply chain. Lhyfe operates a renewable hydrogen production facility, and in September launched its “Sealhyfe” project in Saint Nazaire which is the world’s first offshore renewable hydrogen production platform. Lhyfe is planning to set up similar onshore facilities throughout Europe.

The companies will study how to bring the renewable gas ashore and integrate it into the land network.

Other European ports, including in the Netherlands and Belgium are also looking to build hydrogen power supply operations.

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