Areva H2Gen, a technology provider specialising in hydrogen (H2) production, has inaugurated the first ever plant in France dedicated to manufacturing electrolysers.

Located in Les Ulis near Paris, the plant will manufacture the latest generation of electrolysers to produce H2 for France’s booming fuel cell vehicle (FCV) market.

The new facility will be able to produce around 30 electrolysers each year in a total site surface area of 2,800m2, including a large unit space to produce stacks for electrolyser integration.

Areva H2Gen now has an industrial production facility that matches both its ambitions and the needs of the market

The company’s electrolysers are based on proton exchange membrane (PEM) H2 production in an ‘all-in-one’ design that incorporates all cooling, purification and supervision. These systems can generate a total capacity of between 5-120 Nm3 per hour of H2.

A statement from the company signified, “By building this plant to manufacture electrolysers, Areva H2Gen offers an innovative French technology system that responds to the need for high-volume storage of the energy provided by renewable sources.”

“Areva H2Gen now has an industrial production facility that matches both its ambitions and the needs of the market.”

In a separate project, Areva H2Gen is currently preparing to build the largest H2 refuelling station to date for the Braley company in Rodez in the south of France.

 

Areva H2Gen was only founded two years ago in 2014. In that time, the corporation has doubled both its staff and its turnover, expecting to generate approximately €5m ($5.5m) in the current fiscal year. It has bases in Europe, Asia and the US.