Atawey, designer and manufacturer of hydrogen (H2) solutions, announced a new partnership with energy and services group ENGIE Cofely, at the Hannover Messe trade fair back in April.

The French partners have collaborated with the intention of creating a H2 distribution network to link territories and provide locally-produced energy for H2 and electric-powered vehicles.

The infrastructure will make it possible to meet the green mobility needs of communities and businesses, and will help kick-start a restructuring process for a circular economy.

The partners’ first joint project, EFFIH2, planned for June 2017, will be the first concrete result of the French government’s new financing instrument for H2 energy initiatives, Territoires Hydrogène.

Atawey drew on its existing H2 energy solutions for off-grid sites to develop its H2 filling stations, which were released on the market in January 2017.

A total of seven Atawey-designed stations will be open for service at locations in France by September 2017. The rapidly-growing startup recently raised €1.5m (£1.6m) from new investors to shorten time-to-market in France and penetrate other European markets by early 2018.