Switzerland-based ABB said on May 8 it has partnered with hydrogen producer Lhyfe and offshore wind developer Skyborn to develop a 600-megawatt hydrogen facility in Sweden.
The SoutH2Port project will produce about 240 tons of hydrogen per day, which ABB said is equivalent to about 1.8 million bbl of oil per annum. The rate of production will make it one of Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen projects.
Located in Söderhamn, Sweden, the hydrogen facility will utilize electricity produced by Skyborn’s 1-gigawatt Storgrundet wind farm offshore Sweden.
“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 and chief business officer at 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.”
Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in the transition to lower carbon energy sources as the world tries to reduce emissions. While hydrogen can be used in industrial processes, including lowering the sulfur content of fuels, it can also be used in fuel cells to generate electricity. In addition, energy can be stored as hydrogen to help stabilize power grids.
Developers say SoutH2Port will help decarbonize the Swedish energy system. The country aims to have no net greenhouse-gas emissions by 2045.
ABB’s role in the partnership will focus on the integration of hydrogen and electricity production using automation, electrical and digital technologies. The company is also looking to incorporate Power-to-X opportunities, converting electricity from renewables into carbon-neutral energy carriers.
“Creating a seamless supply chain, through partnerships such as these, is essential to accelerate the energy transition,” said Brandon Spencer, president of ABB Energy Industries. “Hydrogen plays a crucial role in helping achieve the world’s climate goals when it comes to decarbonizing the industrial and transportation sectors.”
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