With 9,620,224 passengers in 2019, Toulouse Blagnac Airport is the sixth largest airport in France. This airport has the particularity of being located in the heart of a dense urban area and of having a dual function, both commercial and test for the manufacturers ATR and Airbus.
With the “Green Hydrogen Plan”, the Occitania region wants to accelerate the production and deployment of green hydrogen on the territory, by 2030, in order to concretize the Positive Energy Region strategy launched since 2015. Over the 2019-2030 period, 150 million euros have been mobilized to support projects for the dissemination and use of hydrogen.
HyPort, a company 51% owned by Engie and 49% by AREC Occitanie, announced on Thursday, March 4, 2021, the appointment of McPhy as a key partner to design and integrate a hydrogen station with a capacity of 1MW per day, which aims to provide hydrogen to power five buses carrying passengers between the terminal, aircraft, remote parking, and light commercial vehicles. The hydrogen supplied by this station is also used for aeronautical and industrial applications. The station, located both on the tarmac and in the public area, is accessible to both business and public users.
The project has been under study for several years and has now entered the operational phase. The first phase consists of the installation of an alkaline technology electrolyser with a production capacity of 330 kilos per day combined with a 1-ton storage structure. The investment by HyPort is estimated at 6 million Euros. The operation is supported by the Occitanie region, Europe and Ademe, with a total of 5.25 million euros of aid for the construction of the site and the acquisition of hydrogen vehicles. Once it is up and running, the station will initially supply hydrogen to five buses ordered from Safra, a company based in Albacete, with the ambition of increasing this number to around 50 in the next three years. The project has been designed with a view to developing a second phase to extend the infrastructure and increase the production capacity to 1 or 2 tons per day.
A regional strategy:
This station is the first step in a plan for a territorial network for hydrogen production and distribution set up by the Occitanie Region. It also confirms Toulouse Blagnac Airport’s desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop its activities in a more sustainable and responsible way within the Toulouse metropolitan area.
Hyport finances, builds, and operates this type of hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure with the aim of developing its use in airport ecosystems. The Toulouse Blagnac Airport being only the first, HyPort’s ambition should then move towards the Tarbes Lourdes Pyrenees Airport in 2022.
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