New partnership formed to produce green hydrogen in France

New partnership formed to produce green hydrogen in France

A cooperation agreement to develop the “HyGreen Provence” project which aims to produce, store and distribute green hydrogen has been signed by Air Liquide, the Durance, Luberon, Verdon urban area (DLVA) and ENGIE.

Initiated in 2017, “HyGreen Provence” will develop and validate conditions suitable for the production of 1,300 GWh of solar electricity, together with the production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysis.

The hydrogen produced for the project will be used in the mobility, energy and industry sectors both locally and regionally. In the future, the project has potential to produce several tens of thousands of metric tonnes of renewable hydrogen every year.

“We are pleased to contribute to this flagship project, which will demonstrate, in France, on an industrial scale, the key role that hydrogen will play in the energy transition,” said Guy Salzgeber, Executive Vice-President and member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising industrial merchant, hydrogen and innovation.

French industrial gas giant Air Liquide and French multinational energy and utility company ENGIE will be responsible for the development of hydrogen solutions for the project, and will join forces with the DLVA urban area, combining their strengths.

The DLVA urban area has advantageous resources for the project, including high levels of French sunshine (on average 1,250 hours a year), high land availability and a salt cavity storage site able to accommodate the large-scale centralised production of renewable hydrogen.

“First and foremost, HyGreen Provence is an ambitious and innovate regional project. I will embrace all those desiring consultation and dialogue, particularly the National Parks in Verdon and Luberon,” said Bernard Jeanmet-Péralta, the President of DLVA.

“Entering into the partnership heralds a ground-breaking alliance between large industrial groups in France, and a local authority, that will accelerate the emergence of massive renewable hydrogen production projects in France,” said Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, ENGIE’s Executive Vice President in charge of Renewables

The project will be developed in several stages with first deliverable envisaged by the end of 2021 and a possible final step in 2027.

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