Project developer Flexens Oy Ab and KIP Infra Oy, part of Kokkola city council, have signed a letter of intent regarding a land lease agreement for a facility with a hydrogen production capacity of approximately 300 megawatts in the Kokkola Industrial Park area. Such a facility would certify a strengthened energy and ammonia self-sufficiency for Finland. Production of mainly green hydrogen and green ammonia is meant to start running at the end of 2027.
The new hydrogen plant is being built in the Kokkola Industrial Park, on the west coast of Finland. The region is increasingly becoming a “green hydrogen hub” as wind and solar power capacity continue to grow locally. The choice of Kokkola was based on the city’s favorable industrial location, with a port in the vicinity and existing operators handling hydrogen and ammonia, ensuring a secure operational environment for the plant.
The global transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon future can greatly benefit from the potential of green hydrogen. In Finland, green hydrogen is essential in achieving the country’s carbon neutrality goals as outlined in its climate and energy strategy. The production of green hydrogen and ammonia not only presents opportunities for export and investment but also adds value to Finland’s economy while improving energy security.
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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Flexens, and Lhyfe have formed a partnership for the development and construction of an ambitious integrated energy island solution enabling large-scale offshore wind, green hydrogen production, and other local anchored value creating activities on Åland.
CIP, through Copenhagen Energy Islands, Lhyfe and Flexens jointly launch the Åland Energy Island project. This project will integrate large-scale offshore wind generation and hydrogen production. The ambition is to develop large scale hydrogen production on Åland integrated with gigawatt scale offshore wind in Åland waters for use both on Åland and in the wider European region, thereby supporting Åland’s and EU objectives for energy security and de-carbonisation.
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Flexens and Vireon Hydrogen Oy are collaborating on a project to establish a renewable hydrogen station in the Marjamäki industrial area of Lempäälä. The station will be responsible for producing, storing, and distributing hydrogen with the aim of supporting the decarbonization efforts of heavy transport in Finland. Part of the renewable energy will come from an 1.8 MW solar park which will be developed nearby and directly connected to the electrolyser. The electrolyser at the station will have a production capacity of 2.5 MW and is expected to commence operation in 2025.
The project’s objective is to promote emission-free heavy traffic development in Finland through the incorporation of hydrogen as a fuel source. This is of great importance, especially considering the challenges associated with reducing emissions from heavy road traffic, such as limited biofuel accessibility and the weight and charging power limitations of fully electric vehicle batteries.
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Smart Energy Åland (SEÅ) is a society-scale testbed demonstrating how a society can run self-sufficiently on renewable energy without increasing costs for the end customer. The project, based on several scientific studies, was initiated in 2014 as a public-private partnership.
Since then, Flexens has actively promoted investments in renewable generation capacity and the decarbonising of the heating and transportation systems on Åland. The Åland Islands have ideal wind and solar conditions, an ambitious climate- and energy strategy as well as a population dedicated to sustainability, which we have reinforced through citizen engagement.
SEÅ initiative comprises multiple sub-projects related to sector coupling, serving as a platform for emerging technologies, new business ventures, and international collaboration among technology providers. SEÅ has and will continue to provide Flexens with the skills and capabilities that allow us to initiate and develop projects that help societies run on only renewable energy. The society-scale testbed also acts as a reference for energy asset integration and implementing emerging technology assets globally, and all results are applicable to large markets.
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