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EDP, TechnipFMC, and other research partners are collaborating to build a conceptual technical and economic feasibility assessment for the BEHYOND project, a new offshore system for green hydrogen synthesis from offshore wind energy.

The study will incorporate novel integrations of equipment for producing and processing green hydrogen, as well as infrastructure for transporting it to the coast. The objective is to develop a novel approach that can be standardized and applied globally, enabling large-scale hydrogen production.

BEHYOND brings together two global energy players, EDP and TechnipFMC, as well as the CEiiA research center, WavEC Offshore Renewables, and the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN). The collaborative development will enable the consortium partners to establish a global presence in the hydrogen value chain by establishing new business models and engineering solutions, as well as new products and services.

This partnership will expand Portugal’s cooperation with Norway and boost Portugal’s competitiveness in the growing “blue economy.” The BEHYOND project was selected for funding by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism’s Blue Growth Programme (EEA Grants).

EDP, through its subsidiaries EDP NEW and EDP Inovaço, serves as the project coordinator and is responsible for the execution of several phases, including a strategic assessment of the offshore wind-to-hydrogen market, the definition of viable business cases, and the development of a technology roadmap to commercial maturity.

“The BEHYOND project will allow EDP to acquire the required know-how to enter new markets with clear synergies with our core activities. Green hydrogen produced from renewables is likely to become a key lever in the world’s decarbonization 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. For this reason, we are very enthusiastic to partner with TechnipFMC, a leader in the offshore sector with a growing sustainability vision and demonstrated engineering expertise. Moreover, by leading the BEHYOND project, EDP is anticipating a key trend and preparing the company for the future of energy,” said Ana Paula Marques, executive board member of EDP.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, said, “We have the skills and expertise to contribute value to this study from our decades of experience in subsea, as well as the knowledge we have built during our ongoing Deep Purple™ green hydrogen project. The BEHYOND study also fits with our longer-term ESG goals. The involvement of a company with EDP’s strong market position demonstrates the increased focus and interest in the evolution of offshore hydrogen technology, as well as its potential to help meet the world’s long-term energy needs.”

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