ABB automating Swedish Green Hydrogen project

May 9, 2023
The new hydrogen production plant, operated by Lhyfe and Skyborn, will be located in the municipality of Söderhamn, Sweden, and connected to Skyborn’s 1 GW offshore wind farm in nearby Storgrundet

Swiss energy technology firm ABB has teamed up with Lhyfe and Skyborn Renewables to build a renewable hydrogen project in Söderhamn, Sweden.

Lhyfe is a producer and supplier of green and renewable hydrogen, while Skyborn is an offshore wind developer and operator.

The new hydrogen production plant, called SoutH2Port, will be connected to Skyborn’s 1 GW offshore wind farm in nearby Storgrundet. Lhyfe and Skyborn will operate the plant, which is expected to produce about 240 tons of hydrogen per day when fully operational, with an installed capacity of 600 MW.

As part of the collaboration, ABB will optimize the integration of hydrogen and electricity production across the entire ecosystem using automation, electrical and digital technologies. The project aims to explore Power-to-X conversion technologies that convert renewable electricity into carbon-neutral energy carriers, such as hydrogen, for later use.

“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. “Creating a seamless supply chain, through partnerships such as these, is essential to accelerate the energy transition. Hydrogen plays a crucial role in helping achieve the world’s climate goals when it comes to decarbonizing the industrial and transportation sectors.”

According to ABB, the project will support the decarbonization of the Swedish energy system, either directly with hydrogen supply or by further downstream production of refined fuels such as ammonia, methanol or sustainable aviation fuel.

It adds that the new plant will also contribute to the government’s plans to become the world’s first fossil-free welfare country by 2045, while boosting the attractiveness and competitiveness of the region and local society through the creation of new jobs and business opportunities.

“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.”