Lhyfe, a global pioneer in green hydrogen, has expanded its UK operations to South Yorkshire in an effort to speed up the deployment of eco-friendly gas across the region. To facilitate this, the French multinational established an office in Sheffield, aimed at identifying production opportunities to support businesses and organisations in reaching net zero. Sheffield was selected because of its “exceptional supply chain potential and strong industry connections, as well as ongoing world-leading hydrogen research.” Lhyfe is proactively exploring production sites and partnerships across the country and the new office, located in the Wizu Workspace in the city centre, is headed by renewable energy specialist Stuart Sinclair.
Green hydrogen can play a crucial role in deep decarbonising the UK economy, specifically within sectors that are difficult to decarbonise, such as heavy industry and transportation, including steelmaking. In light of this, the UK Government has increased their low-carbon hydrogen production goal from 5GW to 10GW by 2030, with fifty percent coming from green hydrogen.
Lhyfe has established itself as a trailblazer in producing renewable green hydrogen, powered by renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar power. Their electrolysis process splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with no other by-products. After compression, the hydrogen is delivered from the production unit to various consumers across the region, providing an alternative to fossil fuels and building a local ecosystem. Lhyfe’s first plant, operating in Pays de La Loire, has been operational since the latter half of 2021, and an additional six sites across Europe are currently under construction. By the end of 2024, Lhyfe aims to increase its production capacity to up to 22 tons of green hydrogen per day and up to 80 tons per day by the end of 2026.
Since launching its UK operation in 2021, the British team has grown to six staff members and is actively recruiting for plant deployment. The company is currently looking for a bids and funding manager and a project development manager.
According to Stuart Sinclair, Offshore Deployment UK and Ireland at Lhyfe, the company is already demonstrating that green hydrogen is a reality and a key driver for the transition to clean energy. He emphasises that Sheffield is the centre of the UK’s hydrogen economy’s development, with exceptional supply chain potential, strong industry connections, and ongoing, world-leading hydrogen research and development. Lhyfe is keen on deploying its expertise to potential partners to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable future.