The first hydrogen (H2) refuelling station in France able to produce H2 on-site and on-demand from renewable energies for sustainable mobility has now been installed.

The H2 refuelling station of the FaHyence project was officially commissioned in the presence of Roland Roth, President of the Communauté d’agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences (CASC) and Didier Vaucois, the EDF Grand Est Regional Director, as well as partners of the project and H2 vehicle users.

This achievement is the product of two years of close collaboration between CASC, EDF, McPhy and EIFER who have combined their expertise to design, scale and build an installation in France.

FaHyence station

FaHyence station

As part of its energy transition strategy, the CASC developed a climate plan that includes four strategic priorities focusing on low carbon mobility, and including H2. The ‘FaHyence project’ consists of creating a multi-energy service station that allows users to refuel their electric vehicles with electricity or H2 produced on-site. The CASC owns and operates the station.

EDF, through its Grand Est Regional Delegation and its R&D, as well as the EIFER Institute, co-developed the demonstration and provided their technical expertise with the CASC.

McPhy designed, manufactured and integrated the first H2 system in France, combining an innovative high energy-efficient electrolyser with a H2 station with a capacity of 40 kg per day. Adapted to different vehicle models and with a capacity for 25 recharges per day at 350 bar, this station contributes to cross-border H2 mobility with Germany and Benelux. The station’s electrolyser system is configured to trigger the control for the production of H2 automatically and ensures the continuous availability of the equipment.

Symbio has developed a Renault Kangoo ZE-type (electric/ H2) equipped with a 22 kWh battery and a 5 kW fuel-cell serving as a range extender which recharges the battery in real-time. This solution makes it possible to double the vehicle’s autonomy from 150 km to 300 km. The battery can also be recharged on the electrical network when the vehicle is parked or by a fuel cell installed in the vehicle. A Kangoo ZE-H2 can carry 1.8 kg of H2 and be refuelled in just a few minutes at a H2 station.

FaHyence falls within the scope of H2ME European project, financed by the FCH JU European programme that seeks to deploy 29 H2 refuelling stations and more than 300 vehicles by 2020.