Total and Engie have signed a cooperation agreement to design and develop the Masshylia project, France’s largest renewable hydrogen production site at Châteauneuf-les-Martigues by 2024.
Located at the heart of Total’s La Mède biorefinery, MassHylia is the first large-scale to decarbonize hydrogen used in industrial processes.
The project initially provides for the production of 5 tonnes of green hydrogen per day to fuel Total la Mède’s biofuel production process, thus avoiding 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This hydrogen production will be generated by the installation of solar farms with a total capacity of 100 MW which will power a 40 MW electrolyser
Beyond this first phase, new renewable farms will be developed to fuel a new electrolyzer that will have the capacity to produce up to 15 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.
Innovative solutions for the decarbonation of industry.
With the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the project integrates 5 promising innovations in the decarbonation of industry. In particular, it will use digital and numerical tools to pilot, manage and optimize hydrogen production in real time, and will also rely on artificial intelligence to ensure industrial safety.
Create a hydrogen hub in the southern region.
Innovation and the development of hydrogen are at the heart of the strategy of the two major French groups Total and Engie. Since 2015, Total has been working to transform la Mède biorefinery into a unique site in France focused on the energies of the future. Today, La Mède is the first world-scale biorefinery in France, and one of the largest in Europe.
As part of the site’s ongoing energy transition, the Masshylia project is spearheading the development of the green hydrogen industry in France and paving the way for the creation of a “multi-purpose renewable hydrogen hub in the near future”. A true ecosystem of renewable hydrogen, this project should demonstrate the economic benefits of hydrogen, with a model that can be reproduced at European and international level.
The two partners aim to begin construction of the facilities in 2022, with production in 2024, subject to financial support and the necessary public authorizations. Applications for subsidies from the French and European authorities have already been submitted.
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