ENGIE, DLVA and Air Liquide are enter into partnership to produce green hydrogen

ENGIE, the Durance, Luberon, Verdon urban area (DLVA) and Air Liquide are signing a cooperation agreement to develop the “HyGreen Provence” project. which aims at producing , storing and distributing green hydrogen.

Initiated in 2017, “HyGreen Provence” will make it possible to develop and validate the technico-economic conditions for the production of 1,300 GWh of solar electricity, equivalent to the annual residential consumption of about 450,000 people, together with the production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysis.

The project will be developed in several phases with the first deliverables envisaged by the end of 2021 and a possible final phase in 2027. Eventually, several tens of thousands of metric tons of renewable hydrogen could be produced in this way every year to meet a very broad spectrum of uses.

The DLVA urban area region, which comprises 25 municipalities and 65,000 inhabitants, has considerable advantageous resources for this project, including one of France’s most favourable levels of sunshine (an average of 1,450 hours per year), substantial land availability and the presence of a salt cavity storage site able to accommodate the large-scale centralised production of renewable hydrogen.

ENGIE and Air Liquide, partners committed to the development of hydrogen solutions, have decided to join forces in the project, alongside the DLVA urban area region, by combining their strengths:

ENGIE’s expertise in the implementation of zero-carbon solutions for its industrial customers and the regions, solutions that are based on fully renewable energy sources including hydrogen and incorporate the entire value chain (production, storage, distribution)
Air Liquide’s expertise in the field of hydrogen, spanning across the entire value chain, from production until final usage, and which includes in particularly in low-carbon production technologies including electrolysis
And the commitment of the DLVA region urban area to supporting the development of a project of a scale and nature unprecedented in France
This hydrogen will serve various uses in the areas of mobility, energy and industry, both locally and regionally. As far as mobility is concerned, hydrogen can power all types of vehicle from light motor cars to buses, utility vehicles and trucks. On the energy front, the project plans to provide heat and cooling for an urban eco-district. Lastly, hydrogen can be used in industrial processes that will benefit the entire region.

The signature of this innovative public-private partnership has been made possible by the involvement of many stakeholders committed to the zero-carbon transition. It is fully aligned with the regional initiative being undertaken by DLVA and will contribute most substantially to the development of the hydrogen sector in France.

Source / More : ENGIE

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