The Metropolis has imagined a hydrogen production and distribution unit in a “short term”: the idea is to produce hydrogen from the metropolitan waste (by electrolysis), then use this hydrogen to supply the garbage dumpsters which in turn will … collect the waste! Circular economy 100% sustainable development! “It is a sensible, large-scale, ambitious, virtuous, impressive project,” enthusiastic Marie-Guite Dufay, who came to discover the project.
Ultimately, the 27 Dijon buses will run on hydrogen.
Commissioning of the hydrogen production facility is scheduled for summer 2021. The electrolyser will initially supply 500 kilos of hydrogen per day that will power the fuel cells of the eight refuse collection vehicles, as well as six light commercial vehicles of the Dijon metropolitan area.
In a second step, it is planned to deploy this technology to the buses of the DIVIA network during the next fleet renewal. Ultimately, the station will charge all types of hydrogen-electric vehicles on the territory to all those who wish, businesses and individuals.
If the Region has not yet formalized its partnership on the Dijon project, the president indicated that she would examine it quickly:“From what I have just seen, I have no doubt that it occupies a special place in our hydrogen roadmap. “ The Region has indeed voted last November a plan over 10 years , with 100 million euros to hoist the Hydrogen green flag on the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.