European Commission Subsidizes Hydrogen Stations in Dijon Metropolis

By November 30, 2022 7   min read  (1257 words)

November 30, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, European Commission Subsidizes Hydrogen Stations in Dijon Metropolis
  • The European Commission is contributing 7 million euros to the Dijon Mobility H2 project to build hydrogen supply stations. An amount doubled by the Bank of the territories.
  • Updated with the reaction of François Rebsamen. “Eventually, the city’s buses and garbage trucks will run on hydrogen”, indicates the president of the Metropolis.

The European Commission and Caisse des Dépôts support five new green transport projects in France.

As part of its CEF – Transport – Alternative fuels infrastructure facility (AFIF) call for projects, which aims to develop sustainable transport infrastructure in Europe, the European Commission announces the selection of five projects in France for which it will allocate more than 37 .1 million euros in subsidies and to which Caisse des Dépôts will grant financing of 33.5 million euros.

In order to reduce the pollution generated by transport, the European Commission and Caisse des Dépôts are stepping up their commitments in favor of sustainable mobility in France and making them a reality by combining their funding across all French territories through the CEF – Transport – Alternative fuels infrastructure Facility. Five new projects supported by Caisse des Dépôts have just been selected by the European Commission:

  • The BUS 2025 program, led by the RATP, will be subsidized to the tune of €4.05 million by the European Commission, supplemented by equivalent funding Oblibus1 operated by Banque des Territoires (CDC). This funding will make it possible to adapt the bus center located in Malakoff so that it can accommodate 100% electric buses.
  • The Hype Network Paris 2024 project, developed by Hype, has won a grant of €14.68 million. This project will also be financed by the Banque des Territoires (CDC), for an estimated investment amount of €10 million and will enable the deployment of a network of 10 green hydrogen refueling stations in Paris and its inner suburbs for blue taxis. from Hype, but also for last mile logistics, light commercial vehicles, refuse collection vehicles and heavy trucks as they come to market.
  • The Dijon Mobility H2 project led by Dijon Métropole Smart Energy, was selected for a grant of €6.99 million, combined with funding from the Banque des Territoires (CDC) of a similar amount for the construction of two stations hydrogens. These stations will allow buses and dumpsters in the metropolis to be refueled with climate-friendly and locally produced fuel.
  • The Mob’hyZee project, led by Hynamics, obtains a grant of €10.2 million from the European Commission. This project, also financed by the Banque des Territoires (CDC) via an investment of €11.3 million, will strengthen the development of low-carbon hydrogen distribution infrastructures in France on a north-south axis thanks to one station located in Dunkirk, two stations in the Paris region and one station in Cannes.
  • The electrification of ground operations at Montpellier Méditerranée Airport will benefit from a European grant of €1.17m accompanied by loan financing of €1.21m from the Banque des Territoires (CDC) . This project, the first of its kind for the CDC, will actively contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions from aircraft, which will significantly limit the use of their auxiliary engines (APU) during ground operations.

Launched in November 2021 as part of the Interconnection in Europe Mechanism, the AFIF call for projects aims to accelerate the ecological transition in transport by relying on the expertise of long-term investors who contribute financially to these environmentally friendly infrastructure projects. The complementarity of European subsidies and funding is proving to be very effective in bringing out clean transport solutions that are economically and technically viable.

“I am delighted with the support given to these French projects, they contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector, which is essential to achieve our emission reduction objectives. Thanks to the Mechanism for the interconnection in Europe and the financial support of the Caisse des Dépôts, the greening of our transport continues: hydrogen refueling stations, electrification in airports and bus depots. » declares Clément Beaune, Minister Delegate in charge of Transport.

“We are investing more than 37 million euros in five projects, covering topics ranging from electric charging stations for public buses, to hydrogen refueling stations for urban and maritime transport, and the supply of electricity to aircraft at airports. The projects will help the European transport network to stop depending on fossil fuels, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal and the need to increase the EU’s energy independence. Our cooperation with Caisse des Dépôts in France is a very good example of what can be achieved when resources are combined” says Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport.

In France, this type of call for projects launched by the European Commission has since 2019 enabled project leaders supported by Caisse des Dépôts to benefit from more than €161.5 million in European subsidies and €204 million in funding from the CDC. Project leaders can rely on the skills and territorial presence of the Banque des Territoires (CDC).

Laurent Zylberberg, Director of Institutional, International and European Relations at Caisse des Dépôts points out that “the partnership between the Caisse des Dépôts Group and the European Commission is a very effective tool for facilitating understanding of European financing and access to it for all types of project leaders, from the airport to the operator of hydrogen taxis. This partnership also demonstrates the strategic role of long-term investors in reducing dependence on hydrocarbons while respecting green recovery objectives”.

1 This instrument, co-financed on an equal basis with the European Investment Bank, makes it possible to finance up to 100% of eligible project costs (cost of acquisition of buses and associated charging infrastructure). This innovative financing instrument takes the form of a bond whose interest rate is regulated and evolves in the opposite direction to the cost of the electricity consumed by the electric bus. It thus allows the transfer of the risk of the variation in the price of electricity from the RATP to the Verdibus Territoires platform which carries Oblibus.

It is with great satisfaction that I learn of the choice of the European Commission and Caisse des Dépôts to award our hydrogen project, led by Dijon Métropole Smart Energy, a grant of 6.99 million euros, associated financing from the Banque des Territoires for a similar amount. The European Commission and the Caisse des Dépôts have in fact selected five projects in France (for an overall envelope of 37.1 million euros), including that of Dijon metropolis, in order to develop sustainable transport infrastructures in Europe.

Dijon Métropole is making ecological transition, particularly in transport, a priority. After the development of soft modes of transport (tram, hybrid buses, bicycle), the creation of pedestrian sectors, action plans in favor of biodiversity and the preservation of pollinating insects, the development of the urban heating network, etc. Dijon Métropole continues its massive commitment to urban ecology and soft mobility through a very ambitious plan based on the use of hydrogen. Powered by a short circuit in order to locally produce hydrogen of renewable origin (thanks to the combustion of waste and an electrolyser), 2 hydrogen stations will see the light of day, the first from 2023. Eventually, buses and garbage trucks households in metropolitan France will run on hydrogen,

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The choice of Dijon among the 5 selected French projects underlines the quality, the seriousness and the ambition of our hydrogen project and the ecological policy that we carry out on a daily basis in favor of the preservation of the environment and the fight against change. climatic.


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