Monday, July 26, 2021

"World's First Offshore Green Hydrogen Plant Built on French Coast"

A twofer, first the French coast, then north to Scotland.

From Interesting Engineering, July 19:

Offshore hydrogen plants will utilize abundant water and connect to offshore wind turbines.

An offshore hydrogen production plant is scheduled to start operation next year off the coast of France, a press statement explains.

The plant, which will be powered by electricity from a nearby floating wind turbine, called Floatgen, will be installed at the SEM-REV demonstration site, off the coast of Le Croisic in France. 

Once it is operational, it will be the world's first offshore green hydrogen production facility. The project is being developed by green hydrogen firm Lhyfe and French engineering school Centrale Nantes.

The SEM-REV demonstration site has "harsh environmental conditions," Centrale Nantes' press statement says, meaning it is ideal for validating offshore hydrogen production technology....


This stuff is still speculative and expensive but the idea of capturing energy from the wind to drive hydrogen production is alluring.

Which leads us to this report to the Scottish Government, July 26: 

Floating wind and green hydrogen - fostering future Scottish-French research and development collaboration: report