France is positioning itself to become a world leader in green hydrogen by 2030. The government has announced a 7 billion euro plan dedicated to this energy of the future, with the aim of reconciling technological development and ecological transition.
This strategy, presented by the Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, is based on three priorities :
The first priority : Develop a French electrolysis industry. French production must evolve towards larger projects. France is aiming for 6.5 GW of electrolysers by 2030.
The second priority is to develop a hydrogen-powered heavy-duty mobility offer: promoting the decarbonization of heavy vehicles, especially captive fleets that travel long distances on a just-in-time basis. The carbon-neutral airplane is set for 2035.
The third priority is to support research and innovation in order to remain at the forefront internationally. This also involves developing skills by training in the specific nature of hydrogen gas and its uses, and creating campuses bringing together universities, engineering schools and professional training.
The largest green hydrogen production site in France
The energy company Total has joined forces with Engie to build the largest hydrogen production site of renewable origin in France, a few kilometers from Marseille.
The former Total oil refinery at La Mède in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of France will be the site of a giant electrolyzer. The project, called “Masshylia”, will produce 5 tons of this gas daily. It will be powered by solar farms totaling 100 MW, connected directly via a DC line.
Work is scheduled to begin in 2022 and the first cubic meters of hydrogen will be generated in 2024. The project is currently awaiting financial support and the necessary administrative authorizations. Its cost is estimated at 160 million euros by the Capénergie competitiveness cluster.
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