A new venture aiming to make hydrogen cost competitive has named Florence Lambert as its CEO, effective 1st March.
Schlumberger New Energy, French government-funded technological research organisation the CEA and other partners announced in January the European Commission’s approval for the formation of clean hydrogen production technology venture Genvia.
A unique private-public partnership model, Genvia will focus accelerating the development and first industrial deployment of the CEA high-temperature reversible solid oxide electrolyser technology, as the most efficient and cost-effective technology for clean hydrogen production.
The venture said its technology design will enable a 30% higher electricity conversion efficiency per kg of hydrogen produced, bringing the cost of producing clean hydrogen down to a level that competes aggressively with other sources of energy.
Leveraging Schlumberger technology industrialisation experience, the first Genvia manufacturing pilot line will be established at a Schlumberger manufacturing facility in Béziers in 2021.
Commenting on his new appointment as CEO, Lambert, who brings more than 20 years of experience in new energy technologies, said, “Genvia brings together an extraordinary group of partners, to foster the new ecosystem needed to accelerate the development and industrialisation of affordable clean hydrogen production.”
“I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity with Genvia to create business and employment growth while making an impact on climate change.”
Genvia said it will set up a Technology Centre co-located with the CEA in Grenoble, France, to accelerate the maturing of the technology through the industrialisation process.
The venture will also participate in a series of demonstration projects with partners in different use cases for the industrial, energy and mobility sectors.
These demonstration projects will pave the way for the development of the full value chain for the utilisation of hydrogen as the clean energy carrier of choice.
The different demonstration projects are expected to range from 300kW systems in 2023 to larger systems with megawatt capacities in 2024.
Based on the results of the pilot line and demonstration projects, investment into the building of a giga factory for the production of solid oxide electrolyser and fuel cell stacks is expected to launch in 2025.
The production ramp of the giga factory will enable Genvia to meet the gigawatt deliveries of electrolysers and fuel cells, which the market is anticipated to demand at an accelerated pace in 2030 and beyond.