French developer Lhyfe has commenced construction of a new green hydrogen plant in the seaport city of Brake in Lower Saxony, Germany.  

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the port area of Niedersachsen Ports to mark the commencement of work.  

The company is receiving support from Germany Trade & Invest, a German government-run agency for international business promotion. 

Germany Trade & Invest hydrogen expert Raphael Goldstein said: “This project represents a further milestone in the market ramp-up of green hydrogen and is firmly embedded in the region’s local value creation thanks to diverse application areas in mobility and industry.” 

With an installed 10MW electrolysis capacity, the plant will have the capacity to produce up to 1,150 tonnes of green hydrogen annually. 

It will source electricity from wind and photovoltaic (PV) installations in Germany through corporate power purchase agreements.

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This initiative is aimed at supplying hydrogen for various industrial and mobility applications.  

The plant’s operation is anticipated to commence by the end of the year, contributing to the decarbonisation of the industrial port complex and maritime transport in Lower Saxony. 

Niedersachsen Ports and JadeWeserPort Realisierungs managing director Holger Banik said: “By supplying green hydrogen, our seaport of Brake has even more to offer. This will enable the port industry to increasingly dispense with fossil fuels.  

“A broad network is served over short distances. We see this as an important contribution to the energy transition and circular economy in the region.” 

Lhyfe recently announced the start of construction for Baden-Württemberg, a hydrogen production plant in Schwäbisch Gmünd.