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ENGIE Confirms its Strategy to Develop Green Hydrogen to Serve the Regions

By May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

Convinced that green hydrogen is the missing link in a carbon-free ecosystem, a factor of harmonious progress for cities, regions and companies around the world, ENGIE is partnering four initiatives selected as part of ADEME’s call for projects, “Ecosystems of Mobility”.

Instigated by France’s Ministry of Ecology, this call for projects is part of the Hulot Plan of June 2018 to support the development and deployment of hydrogen in regional ecosystems for the transport of people and goods.

Through its entities ENGIE Hydrogen, ENGIE Cofely and GNVert, ENGIE has contributed to 4 of the 11 projects selected by ADEME:

  • EFFI H2 Vannes in Brittany, for the production of hydrogen at the Michelin site in Vannes, combined with a fuelling station. This project involves the deployment of 50 hydrogen-fuelled vehicles for commercial use, refrigerated transport or the transport of patients. This is a first step implemented alongside Morbihan Énergies, the Brittany Region and La Banque des Territoires aimed at gradually strengthening regional networks.
  • Hynovar in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, which consists in deploying a land-based and maritime hydrogen sector in the French department of the Var, with initial installations at the Circuit Paul Ricard racetrack and in the port area of Toulon. Two stations and the deployment of mobility applications (sea shuttles, buses and light vehicles, including commercial vehicles) are also planned. The Var’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shipping company Bateliers de la Côte d’Azur, the Circuit Paul Ricard and HySeas Energy are partners of the project, with support from the regions of Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Toulon Provence Méditerranée.
  • HyPort in Occitanie, to deploy a network of production and distribution infrastructures centred on port and airport ecosystems, with, as co-shareholder, Agence Régionale Energie Climat Occitanie, an actor in the energy transition of the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. The project provides for the installation of the first four stations around the airports of Toulouse Blagnac and Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées, which will offer renewable hydrogen to nearly 250 vehicles on and around the two airports.
  • Zero Emission Valley in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, with the establishment of 20 renewable hydrogen stations (14 of which will also ensure production) and 1,200 vehicles. The project is also supported by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, Michelin, La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and Crédit Agricole, with the support of Europe as part of “Connecting Europe Facility 2014–2020”.

In addition, ADEME has selected the hydrogen bus project of the city of Pau, for which ENGIE was entrusted with the construction and operation of the hydrogen production/distribution station in 2017.

ENGIE is active at all levels of the value chain, from carbon-free power generation to mobility, industry and energy storage. With its numerous partnerships, ENGIE supports the regions in developing innovative solutions and technologies to make renewable hydrogen accessible to all.