Contracting giant TechnipFMC is teaming up with Portugal's EDP to develop a new offshore wind-based green hydrogen production system that can become a global standard for the sector.

TechnipFMC and EDP, along with others in the Behyond project, aim to develop “innovative integration of equipment for the production and conditioning of green hydrogen and infrastructure that allows for its transportation to the coast”.

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EDP — whose EDPR unit is one of the world’s largest wind power operators — will bring expertise from projects such as the WindFloat Atlantic floating wind pilot, while TechnipFMC’s work includes the Deep Purple hydrogen storage initiative.

A statement announcing the launch of Behyond suggests the partners will aim to encompass all aspects of the offshore wind-to-green hydrogen chain.

“The goal is to create a unique concept that can be standardised and implemented worldwide, allowing for large-scale hydrogen production,” it said.

“The joint development will allow the consortium partners to position themselves in the hydrogen value chain, developing new business models and creating engineering solutions, new products and services for the hydrogen sector, worldwide.”

Others taking part in Behyond include the Portugal’s CEiiA research center and the University of Southeastern Norway.

EDP board member Ana Paula Marques said: “Green hydrogen produced from renewables is likely to become a key lever in the world’s decarbonisation effort while mitigating the variability of offshore renewables and enhancing energy system’s flexibility.

“But we need to act now, in collaboration with the best technology and R&D partners, to address all the main technical and business challenges.”

Offshore wind is widely tipped as a key enabler of large-scale green hydrogen production thanks to its ability to deliver huge amounts of power directly to hydrogen electrolysers onshore, or as a producer at sea detached from the power network altogether and sending hydrogen ashore from giant floating arrays.

Other work underway includes Siemens Gamesa’s work to integrate hydrogen electrolysers into its largest offshore wind turbines.

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(This article first appeared in Upstream's renewable energy sister publication Recharge on 13 July, 2021.)