Bertrand de Solages, director of the Michelin site in Vannes, Jo Brohan, president of Morbihan Énergies, of SEM 56 Énergies and Julien Chauvet, director of Hydrogen France ENGIE Solutions recently signed the agreements developing the supply of green hydrogen on the Michelin site and the hydrogen station for public vehicles in Vannes.
The creation of the HYGO company, in the presence of the Banque des Territoires, the Brittany Region, and the ADEME, begins the operational legal and economic implementation of this project of production, distribution, marketing of local green hydrogen.
THE TERRITORY COMMITTED TO THE ZERO CARBON TRANSITION
The energy of the future, green hydrogen has a major role to play in the energy transition. The most abundant chemical element in the universe can not only help decarbonize industrial processes but also supply zero-emission vehicles with clean fuel.
Armed with this conviction, the economic and institutional players in Morbihan are consolidating their commitment together to promote harmonious progress in the territory. At the crossroads of industry and mobility, this local hydrogen production project aims to meet the challenges of zero-carbon transition on a regional scale while mobilizing the local ecosystem.
The objective is thus to produce green hydrogen through the electrolysis of electricity from renewable sources:
– at the service of Michelin’s industrial uses, fully committed to the process, which uses hydrogen on its site for its heat-treatment process.
– to supply a general hydrogen distribution station for light and heavy vehicles. The station will be installed on the edge of the Michelin factory, ZI du Prat in Vannes.
HYGO: HYDROGENE GRAND OUEST SERVING A GREEN INDUSTRY
Morbihan Énergies and ENGIE Solutions founded HYGO to develop these infrastructures for the production and distribution of renewable hydrogen and to open up new prospects for the sector in Brittany.
This project company, therefore, has the mission of deploying hydrogen mobility infrastructures and promoting its use on the territory, serving industrialists and the public.
The commissioning of this first project is planned for the end of 2020. The investment amounts to 4.6 million euros.
Through this joint company, ENGIE Solutions confirms its desire to support manufacturers and regions in optimizing and greening their energies. The development of industrial and mobility uses of green hydrogen is a perfect illustration of this.
WINNER OF THE ADEME CALL FOR PROJECTS
This solution is the winner of the call for projects Eco-systems of hydrogen mobility carried by the ADEME and benefits in this respect from the financial support of € 780k. ADEME will also support future buyers of hydrogen vehicles using this charging station as part of an overall budget of € 992,000.
Through this unifying project, all the players in the region intend to provide an offer that is both adapted to the users and to the requirements of Michelin’s industrial production, based on the energy produced entirely clean.