ABB joins Swedish SoutH2Port project to integrate green hydrogen from offshore wind

ABB has joined hydrogen producer Lhyfe and wind farm developer Skyborn Energy to integrate renewable hydrogen production from offshore wind into the energy system at a Swedish port.

The SoutH2Port hydrogen production plant will be located in Söderhamn, Sweden (Image credit: Hans Fryklund/Pixabay)

In the SoutH2Port project, a new hydrogen production plant to be operated by Lhyfe and Skyborn will be located in Söderhamn, in Sweden and connected to Skyborn’s 1GW offshore wind farm in nearby Storgrundet.

When fully operational, the 600MW project is expected to produce about 240t/d of green hydrogen. ABB will optimise hydrogen and electricity production across the system.

The new plant will support decarbonisation of the Swedish energy system through direct hydrogen supply and downstream production of refined fuels such as methanol or ammonia.

“This collaboration is a key part of our strategy in both the hydrogen and offshore wind markets,” said Brandon Spencer, president of ABB Energy Industries, who added that the creation of a seamless supply chain via such partnerships was essential to accelerate the energy transition.

“By combining our expertise and solutions, we can cost-effectively and safely expand the value creation attached to the scale-up of renewable hydrogen production,” said Taia Kronborg, co-founder of Lhyfe. 

“Skyborn’s track record in offshore wind power, Lhyfe’s expertise in renewable hydrogen production coupled with ABB’s technological expertise creates new opportunities for enabling power-to-X solutions linked with renewable hydrogen production at scale,” she added.

In 2021, Lhyfe inaugurated the first industrial-scale green hydrogen production plant to be interconnected with a wind farm.

A year later, it inaugurated the first offshore green hydrogen production pilot platform and is currently investigating opportunities for a new offshore wind–green hydrogen pilot in the North Sea.

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