France: Ademe Supports 10 New Hydrogen Mobility Projects

By January 22, 2020 7   min read  (1271 words)

January 22, 2020 |

Ademe Supports 10 Hydrogen Projects

ADEME revealed the list of 10 candidates who were selected for the second wave of the call for projects “Hydrogen mobility ecosystems”. 

Ademe recently revealed the list of 10 candidate projects it has selected for the second wave of the call for projects “Hydrogen mobility ecosystems”. ADEME is providing funding of 80 million euros for these projects.

These projects will lead to the deployment of more than 43 hydrogen stations (for a target of 100 in 2023), of 158 heavy goods vehicles (for a target of 200 to 2023) and 1,800 passenger cars and LCVs with fuel cells.

The full list and description of each project are listed below.

The Dijon metropolitan area is already involved in the development of hydrogen mobility, with the Dijon Métropole Smart Energhy project, which aims, on the occasion of the renewal of part of the household dumpster fleet, to equip itself with electric vehicles hydrogen. The city and its partners, including the local company Rougeot Energie, wish to extend the development of this solution without the emission of local pollutants for public passenger transport: two stations, one to the north and the other to the south of the city, will supply ultimately 27 buses of 12 and 18m for transporting residents of the territory. The community of communes of Pouilly-en-Auxois and
Bligny-sur-Ouche, in the west of the department, will also benefit from the development of this ecosystem by acquiring a household refuse bin, whose autonomy, necessary to cover all of the 47 municipalities in the territory, is provided by fuel hydrogen.

The HYAMMED project proposes to operate under real operating conditions of hydrogen-electric trucks, for the long-distance transport of goods in the South East of France. The partners including Air Liquide, Kem One and the companies Transports Chabas and Jacky Perrenot, intend to test this heavy transport solution “zero-emission” in the exhaust, developing low carbon hydrogen co-produced in the Marseille-Fos port area. The challenge of this project is to validate the maturity and reliability of this innovative logistics transport solution.

The HYBER project aims to develop a hydrogen ecosystem in the department of Indre, centered on the city of Châteauroux. The targeted uses concern both public transport in urban areas, by the acquisition of 6 buses of 12 and 18m by Châteauroux Métropole, and professional travel: around a hundred light vehicles and light commercial vehicles will indeed be acquired by various private operators who present operational constraints with regular trips greater than 200 km per day. The hydrogen will be produced on-site by an electrolyser operated by Storengy and Châteauroux Métropole: this will be positioned at the bus depot. It is planned to be connected to the electricity grid but contractually attached to a future nearby photovoltaic park.

The H2OUEST project is an original project, led by the mixed economy company Vendée Energie, the PME Lhyfe, Le Mans Métropole and the Automobile Club de l ‘Ouest (ACO). It revolves around renewable hydrogen production located on the Bouin wind farm, to which an electrolyser will be directly connected. This local production will supply modular service stations in La-Roche-sur-Yon, Challans, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and Le Mans. This equipment will power buses, including 10 units within the Manseau network, household waste and heavy goods vehicles, including a 44-ton tractor adapted by the local company Brouzils Auto. With this development model, the deployment of other nearby stations will be possible in the future in the territory.

The Syndicat Mixte des Transports Artois-Gohelle (SMTAG) is the organizing authority for mobility in the three urban areas: Hénin-Carvin, Lens-Liévin, Béthune-Bruay. Its lines serve 150 municipalities in the territory, hosting nearly 650,000 inhabitants, which places it as the 6th French public transport network. SMTAG has for several years been carrying out an ambitious project for a high level of service line (BHNS), named Bulle 6, which implements hydrogen electric buses inaugurated in summer 2019. SMTAG plans to extend the service by extending the line served , which requires increasing the bus fleet from 6 to 9 units and increasing the capacity of the hydrogen station at the bus depot.

Corstyrene is a Corsican industrial company, which manufactures insulation products for the building industry, located on a major road axis between Bastia-Porto Vecchio and Corte. This company wishes
reduce its dependence on fossil fuels for its own mobility needs by producing and developing its own hydrogen fuel. An electrolyser connected to hotovoltaic panels on site will supply hydrogen to its fleet of industrial trucks fitted with fuel cells. The company also plans to acquire light vehicles for the use of its salespeople who have to travel all over Corsica’s road network.

Supported by the metropolis of Montpellier, MH2 (Montpellier Horizon Hydrogen) is part of a strong dynamic of development of alternative fuels within the community: after natural gas (CNG) and battery bus experiments, the opening of new high-level service bus lines (BHNS) requiring substantial autonomy is the opportunity to deploy a fleet of “zero-emission” hydrogen buses in urban areas. The two lines concerned will be 21 hydrogen buses which will supply hydrogen produced locally by electrolysis. Hynamics, an EDF subsidiary dedicated to hydrogen activities, and Energie du Sud, a local public company associating the city and the Banque des Territoires, will collaborate around this project. It is thus envisaged that the majority of hydrogen will be produced from electricity from a 2.8 MWp photovoltaic installation integrated into the roofs and the retention basin of the site.

France’s 2nd processing union SEMARDEL, via its SEMAER and SEMAVERT subsidiaries, wishes to deploy a heavy hydrogen mobility project at the scale of the Vert-le-Grand ecosite. The program aims to establish by the end of 2021 a hydrogen production and distribution station, partially supplied with electricity by photovoltaic shade boxes installed on site. This production will be integrated into a multi-energy station offering bioGNV and will supply 3 household refuse collection vehicles (BOM), 3 hook bins and 3 semi-trailers as part of this project, as well as 3 short buses term. TRUCK LOCATION will be involved in the acquisition of these innovative vehicles. The Île-de-France region is thus hosting a heavy mobility experimentation project, potentially replicable on other recovery sites
energy from waste or from other business segments.
At the heart of a promising regional hydrogen project following the Hyway and Zero-Emission Valley projects, the mixed transport union for the Rhône and the Lyon urban area (SYTRAL) plans to acquire two hydrogen buses to serve a bus line on the Lyon public transport network. The buses will feed on an already existing infrastructure at the Quai des Energies, operated by the company GNVERT and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône. Operating in the middle of a low emission zone (ZFE), SYTRAL has carefully considered the place of hydrogen within of the different solutions presented by alternative fuels. The aim of the experiment is to validate the technology with a view to renewing the fleet of articulated buses by 2025, including the choice of fuel is under discussion.
2020 HYPE 600
The HYPE fleet is the first fleet of zero hydrogen emission taxis in the world, operated in Paris and in the Ile de France region. It was launched in 2015 during the COP 21, and today it has around a hundred vehicles. The project here is to deploy 500 additional vehicles by the end of 2020 to reach a critical mass of 600 vehicles. At the same time, the HySetCo company will invest in local hydrogen production means, based on electrolysis technology, supplying 3 new service stations to which taxis will refuel. The deployment of efficient and economically acceptable electric mobility for professional uses in urban areas where the challenges of air quality are crucial is at the heart of this project.

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