Developing a new network of green hydrogen refuelling stations and deploying fuel cell vehicle fleets in France are the primary aims of a new agreement between Hype and Akuo, revealed today (Jan 10).
With a regional focus in Ile-de-France, the collaboration will aim to establish 20 hydrogen stations with a capacity of 1 tonne per day and six smaller stations by 2024.
This provides a significant boost to the local area’s hydrogen infrastructure paving the way forward for further decarbonisation with hydrogen fuel cell mobility solutions.
As part of the partnership, Hype, through its subsidiary Hype Assets, will invest in the Last Mile project that is developing a green hydrogen mobility ecosystem.
The project is also being carried out with the support of Banque des Territoires, Hype shareholder and key partner of the Last Mile project, which reiterates the company’s strong commitment to hydrogen mobility in the territories.
Mathieu Gardies, President of Hype, said, “We are very proud of this partnership with Akuo, which is reinforced by the one announced with Ecolotrans on the same day, and is a continuation of the partnerships announced on December 14 with HRS and McPhy.
“This announcement confirms the very strong momentum of the project led by Hype. The integration of the Last Mile project into the Hype ecosystem completes and reinforces our ambition to organise the transition to zero-emission mobility by as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
“Hype’s objective is to provide its partners with the benefit of its unique mastery of the entire hydrogen mobility ecosystem, both in terms of the different types of vehicles, as well as production and distribution infrastructures, in order to pool and rapidly increase usage volumes and provide complete solutions to cities wishing to invest in hydrogen mobility.”
Speaking exclusively to H2 View last year, Hype revealed plans to build the world’s biggest hydrogen station in Paris that will refuel passenger cars, buses, trucks and even boats whilst also exploring opportunities to expand to other European cities.
This new partnership reiterates this factor and showcases the company’s ambitions in building the hydrogen ecosystem so that all are able to access the clean energy carrier for mobility services.
Speaking exclusively to H2 View, Gardies said, “We have an objective of deploying Hype in 15 additional cities or regions by 2024, and we will announce two new cities by the end of 2021.”
By expanding the company’s operations it enables the group to create supply and demand for hydrogen and bolster the economy to ensure France becomes a hotspot for hydrogen mobility solutions.
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Hydrogen mobility pioneer Hype is building what it says will be the world’s biggest hydrogen station in Paris that will refuel passenger cars, buses, trucks and even boats – and CEO and founder Mathieu Gardies told H2 View there are plans afoot to expand Hype outside of Paris into other European cities.
Currently under construction in Porte de Saint-Cloud, the station will have an electrolyser on site and will be able to distribute one tonne of hydrogen per day.
This is a 400% increase on volume when compared with Hype’s earlier stations in Orly Roissy which are 200kg, and Parisian taxi firm’s very first station at Place de L’Alma which was only 40kg.
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