McPhy Energy to become ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ exclusive supplier for high-capacity, high-pressure hydrogen generation equipment for the carbon-free mobility and renewable energy sectors.

The Japanese market and atmospheric pressure water electrolysis are not part of the exclusivity in this agreement.

Dr. Sami Pelkonen, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, said, “This strategic alliance will enable us to bring our knowledge from more than 400 electrolysis projects into the growing and important industry sector of renewable energy storage. The customers in this market will benefit from a strong global team of experts. This alliance will enlarge and speed-up our offerings in the electrochemical plant and technology business, especially with regards to large-scale high-pressure alkaline electrolysers.”

The alliance will make it possible to accelerate the commercial deployment of the new-generation alkaline high-pressure water-electrolysers developed by McPhy Energy using De Nora’s activated electrodes, thanks to ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ strong commercial capabilities and engineering expertise.

Pascal Mauberger, CEO of McPhy Energy, said, “By attacking the renewable energies market with our new-generation equipment, delivering improved technical and economic performance capabilities, ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers will help drive our commercial deployment forward.”

Created in April 2015, ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers is a joint-venture in which the plant engineering and construction company ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has a majority stake, alongside the Italian electrochemical technologies specialist De Nora. In addition to developing chlorine electrolysis equipment and processes, ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers has set itself a goal to build its position on water electrolysis equipment for renewable energy specialists.

Elsewhere, McPhy has also been making progress with hydrogen-powered transportation.

Zero-emissions hydrogen-powered transportation is now a reality in France’s Rhône-Alpes region, home to 80% of the country’s hydrogen-energy industry. Under the HyWay program, initiated in October 2014, an initial test fleet of 21 Renault Kangoo ZE- H2 hybrid electric-hydrogen utility vehicles and three hydrogen filling stations have been rolled out in the cities of Grenoble and Lyon.

The HyWay program, coordinated by the Tenerrdis energy cluster, reached yet another milestone with the delivery of an initial fleet of 21 hybrid electric-hydrogen vehicles—the largest currently on the road in Europe—to Grenoble. Test users will be able to fill up on hydrogen at the Air Liquide filling station in Sassenage (near Grenoble) and at the Symbio FCell and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) campuses in Grenoble. Another, larger-capacity hydrogen filling station is slated to open, also in Grenoble, at the GEG (the local gas and electric utility) campus. Ultimately, the station will be supplied by a green hydrogen production unit operated by Cofely Services and equipped with McPhy Energy electrolysers.