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France: First Hydrogen Refueling Station Inaugurated in Clermont-Ferrand

By September 9, 2019 2   min read  (344 words)

September 9, 2019 |

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As part of the Zero Emission Valley project, a hydrogen refueling station was inaugurated on Friday, September 6th in Clermont-Ferrand on a Michelin site of the ZI des Gravanches.

The continuation of efforts to boost the hydrogen sector in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes was concretely translated on September 6 by the inauguration of a 1 st hydrogen charging station. Located on a site of the ZI of the Gravanches in Clermont-Ferrand, this station is made available by Michelin in order to accelerate the deployment, pending the establishment of 2 other stations of greater capacity on the agglomeration Clermont, which will be operational by the end of 2020.

During this official inauguration, in the presence of Brice Hortefeux and Jean-Pierre Brenas, regional advisers, Olivier Bianchi, president of Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Thierry Raevel, president of Hympulsion and Rémi de Verdilhac, general secretary of the Michelin group, Brice Hortefeux  said: ” Faced with the global impacts of climate change, and following the Copenhagen agreement in 2009, Europe has set itself the goal of reducing its gas emissions by 80% greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. With Laurent Wauquiez, President of the Region and Éric Fournier, Vice-President Delegate for the Environment, we made the choice in 2017 to be a model in Europe on hydrogen mobility through Zero Emission Valley . “

After the presentation of the Region’s aid modalities for the purchase of electric hydrogen vehicles (the aid could range from € 2,700 to € 18,000 depending on different criteria), Brice Hortefeux concluded: ” Today , we demonstrate that after awareness, we can move from the announcement to the realization. And we are sales representatives: we have just thanked everyone involved in the project, but we are also there to encourage business leaders to join the process by acquiring vehicles. 

Zero Emission Valley, what is it? 
Initiated by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, this project aims to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen vehicles by helping businesses and communities to finance their purchase and by supporting the establishment of 20 stations. The goal is, more generally, to promote renewable energy in the region’s consumption and thus reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

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