The Finnish companies Flexens and HydRe are preparing to pilot green hydrogen in Lempäälä, Finland. Flexens plans a small-scale green hydrogen production unit to be attached to Finland’s first hydrogen refuelling station. HydRe will provide the refuelling station. The facilities will be integrated with the local LEMENE smart energy system, owned by the energy company Lempäälän Energia. The parties have signed a letter of intent on cooperation and aim to enter operation latest at the beginning of 2025.
HYDRE – A FLEXENS SPIN-OUT
HydRe was founded at the beginning of 2022 as a Flexens spin-out company to develop a network of hydrogen refuelling stations for heavy transport in Northern Europe. The startup is preparing several hydrogen station projects around Finland, intending to open eight stations by the end of 2025.
HydRe considers the logistical centre in Lempäälä an excellent location for their first hydrogen station. The station can supply more than 250,000 kg of green hydrogen annually, decreasing road transport emissions by nearly 3000 tonnes of CO2eq per year.
THE GREEN HYDROGEN WILL BE PRODUCED BY FLEXENS
Flexens’ 2,5 MW electrolyser will provide the HydRe refuelling station with its fuel: More than 250,000 kg of green hydrogen annually. Attached to the hydrogen production unit, Flexens plans to build a 1-2 MW solar PV farm. For Finland, this is the first time small-scale electrolysis is integrated with the distributed local smart energy system and used for grid balancing.
Flexens is by no means new to hydrogen production development. The company has several on-going projects in the green hydrogen sector, while rooting its wider competencies in the society-scale initiative Smart Energy Åland. In addition, Flexens plays a prominent role in hydrogen as a member of the Finnish Hydrogen Cluster, the BotH2nia network, the FinH2 R&D project, and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance..
A MULTIFACETED SUCCESS STORY
Using hydrogen as a fuel is essential in decarbonising the transport sector. Furthermore, the electrolyser will secure flexibility and self-sufficiency for Lempäälän Energia’s smart energy system in the LEMENE energy community. The waste heat from the hydrogen production will be recovered to the local district heating network, increasing the share of green energy in the Lempäälä heat mix. The project concept can be easily duplicated in other distributed energy systems after being piloted by Lempäälä.
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HydRe is a startup company founded in 2022 as a Flexens spin-out to develop hydrogen refuelling networks in Finland and Northern Europe.
Flexens Oy Ab is a project developer and investor implementing critical technologies needed to enable societies to run 100 % renewable energy sources. Flexens was founded in 2018 to capitalize on the skills and capabilities created in building the world-leading RES testbed and demo platform, Smart Energy Åland, capturing the rapidly growing demand for renewable energy systems. Through a public-private-partnership with multi-level actors on Åland, Flexens has founded a clear pathway and developed the essential framework needed to ensure rapid novel RES technology diffusion and implementation.