The company HyPort plans to deploy the first hydrogen equipment at Toulouse airport. Announced in August 2020, this project will be partially carried out by McPhy Energy, selected in March 2021.
Supported by ENGIE Solutions (51%) and the Agence Régionale Energie Climat (49%), HyPort’s mission is to establish a complete hydrogen chain in the Occitanie region beginning with the airports of Tarbes and Toulouse. In this context, McPhy announced that it has been chosen by HyPort as a key partner to design, build and integrate two hydrogen stations and a high-power electrolysis megawatt at the Toulouse airport.
The two stations will be located close to the airport runways and roadways. Two refueling stations will be installed, one of which will be a dual-pressure station capable of delivering hydrogen at 350 and 700 bars. These two stations will allow several types of vehicles such as buses, light commercial vehicles, captive fleets and heavy goods vehicles to run on hydrogen. As a result, the logistics of passenger and luggage transport will be entirely provided by hydrogen vehicles.
Within this project, McPhy will be in charge of the deployment of a high-power electrolyzer. With a production capacity of 400 kg of green hydrogen per day, it will be able to cover the needs of the two stations as well as those of neighboring industrial sites. The deployment of the equipment is planned for the end of 2021.
The development of hydrogen projects in airport areas:
This project will see the launch of the first green hydrogen station at a French airport. The aeronautical sector is increasingly turning to hydrogen for its ground activities, such as transport within airports.
In this way, the Paris airports are also moving into hydrogen. Several players, such as Air France-KLM, the Île-de-France Region and the ADP Group, want to anticipate and support developments that will enable airports to become hydrogen hubs. To this end, a call for projects has been launched, focusing on the storage, transport and distribution of hydrogen in airports, the diversification of hydrogen uses in airports and aeronautics and the circular economy around hydrogen.
In addition to its potential as an alternative fuel for aircraft, hydrogen is already being developed in the aeronautical sector for airport areas. A promising development that will surely see stakeholders and investments multiply in the coming years!
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