ENGIE subsidiary ENGIE Cofely has inaugurated the first renewable hydrogen (H2) industrial production unit in Grenoble, France.

The unit is intended to supply H2 for French government-funded technological research organisation CEA’s industrial processes as well as for H2 mobility to power the HyWay project’s vehicle station.

McPhy, specialising in H2-based solutions for industrial and energy storage, has supplied the equipment for the unit – three electrolysers and two storage modules. McPhy’s electrolysis solution will provide a nominal flow rate of 30 Nm3/h and a peak flow rate of 50 Nm3/h.

France has embarked on a plan to deploy H2 at the service of energetic transition. Several major groups, including ENGIE and CEA, have positioned H2 at the heart of their strategy considering it as the missing link in a world of energies totally renewable, in harmony with the environment.

Pascal Mauberger, Chairman and CEO of McPhy, enthused, “We congratulate ENGIE Cofely on completing this installation. It provides a compelling demonstration of the potential of carbon-free H2 produced using electrolysis as a raw material in industry.

“The commissioning of the installation fits perfectly with the plan announced on 1st June by France’s Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot to support the roll-out of carbon-free H2 and make France the world leader in the field.”

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“One of the plan’s aims is to generate 10% of industrial carbon-free H2 by 2023 and 20% to 40% by 2028. We wish to thank ENGIE Cofely and Linde Electronics for the confidence they have placed in us by selecting our technologies.”

Franck Bruel, Deputy General Manager of ENGIE, added, “In France, ENGIE wish to accompany territories in the energetic transition. We consider that renewable H2, alongside other energy vectors, will contribute to ambitions of the territories on managing their mix energy reduction emissions, security supply, and the reduction of noise. These solutions can be multi-purpose, for transportation, industry, storage, services.”

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Source: McPhy