Faurecia, an automotive technology company based in France, will open a research and development (R&D) facility dedicated to hydrogen storage systems in Bavans, France.
The new facility will research new-generation high-pressure tanks which are lighter and more efficient.
“The creation of our hydrogen tank centre of expertise in France is a key step forward in Faurecia’s strategy to become a global leader in fuel cell systems,” said Christophe Schmitt, Executive Vice-President of Faurecia Clean Mobility.
“Perfectly adapted to commercial and heavy good vehicles, this technology will play an important role in zero-emission mobility.”
The centre, set to be operation in the second quarter of 2020, received a $4.9m grant from the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The total cost of the new facility is approximately €25m.
“I would like to thank the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and its President Ms Dufay for their trust and support in this project,” Schmitt continued.
Faurecia plans to create 50 new highly qualified jobs at the Bavans site, which already has nearly 750 employees dedicated to Faurecia’s Clean Mobility activity.
“Hydrogen is a long-standing, mature and recognised sector in the region,” said Marie-Guite Dufay, President of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.
“It has a robust ecosystem, with large industrial groups, structuring facilities, pioneering territories, and projects of an extremely large scale.”
“The implementation of a global centre for hydrogen storage systems in Bavans is excellent news and will further strengthen the development of this industry in the region.”
“We have a major ambition with the hydrogen sector: to become a leading region in France and Europe.”