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France: Occitanie Region to Launch its € 150M Green Hydrogen Plan

By May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

The Occitanie Region has decided to launch its Green Hydrogen Plan, with 150 million euros for the period 2019-2030, Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie Region presented her Green Hydrogen Plan which have the 150 million euros spread over the period 2019-2030.

“The plan will enable the Region to accelerate the large-scale deployment of hydrogen solutions and thus ensure its leadership, both at national and European level.”

Green hydrogen is energy obtained with water and electricity from renewable energies. It contains two to three times more energy per unit mass than diesel and natural gas.

“By 2024, this plan will support the acquisition of three Régiolis hydrogen trains (33 million euros committed as of 2019); the construction of twenty green hydrogen production / distribution stations, the construction of a “Lucia” (Port-la-Nouvelle) hydrogen production plant and two industrial electrolysers (HyPort in Blagnac and Tarbes). The Region is also planning the acquisition of 600 hydrogen vehicles (heavy, light and commercial).”

This equipment will be further enhanced by 2030 with the construction of two green hydrogen production plants, the production of 55 green hydrogen production / distribution stations, the construction of ten electrolysers and the acquisition of 3,250 hydrogen vehicles. 

The Green Hydrogen Plan is also part of the Hyport project, Toulouse-Blagnac will become the first airport in the world to host a hydrogen production and distribution station . Project carried by Engie-Cofély and the Region, commissioning scheduled early next year, construction began near the freight area. The hydrogen produced at the airport site will have internal use, but external deliveries are also scheduled.

Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie Region said, “From now on, we must go even further: it is essential for the Occitan Region to assume its pioneering status and become a leader in green hydrogen.” This support and development of the sector is fully in line with our proactive policy in The green hydrogen plan , with a budget of € 150 million , corresponds to the goal we set, from the beginning of my mandate: to become the first region with positive energy in Europe “.