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Engie and ArianeGroup join forces in liquefied renewable hydrogen

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Thursday, September 10th 2020 à 16:00 | Read 719 times

The Vernon site will host a hydrogen liquefier (photo: DR)
The Vernon site will host a hydrogen liquefier (photo: DR)
FRANCE. The two French groups Engie (€61 billion turnover in 2018 and 170,000 employees) and ArianeGroup (€3.6 billion turnover in 2018 and 9,000 employees) signed a collaboration agreement on Thursday 10 September 2020 in the field of liquefied renewable hydrogen.

"A zero-emission alternative to fossil fuels, liquefied renewable hydrogen makes it possible to cope with the particular storage and autonomy constraints of sectors such as maritime, rail and aeronautics", a joint press release states.

Together, Engie and ArianeGroup will develop and test the optimised liquefaction technology with the development of a hydrogen liquefier. It will be located on the ArianeGroup's industrial site at Vernon in the Eure region, the largest hydrogen test centre in Europe.

"The Ariane rockets have enabled ArianeGroup to become one of the few companies in the world mastering systems and solutions based on liquefied hydrogen. We are honoured by the confidence of the Engie Group to lead this challenge together. At a time when hydrogen is becoming a key element of recovery plans in France, Germany and for the European Green Deal, we are eager to engage in concrete projects with our industrial partners as well as with local authorities and institutional players," comments André-Hubert Roussel, CEO of ArianeGroup.

A future product offer on the liquefied hydrogen chain

Engie puts its expertise in the field of liquid gases in the basket. He is working with the world leader in the mining industry, Anglo-American, to develop the first mining transport truck powered by renewable hydrogen. The group was also the first to supply renewable hydrogen to Alstom's regional passenger train during tests in the Netherlands.

"We are very pleased to be working with ArianeGroup. Renewable hydrogen is both an indispensable component of the energy mix and one of the key industrial tools for a successful transition to carbon neutrality. The French Recovery Plan, which strongly supports the development of hydrogen, as well as the European Green Deal, show the crucial role of hydrogen development in the energy transition. Engie is developing renewable hydrogen solutions with our partners for industrial uses, mobility and energy," says Claire Waysand, Acting Managing Director of Engie.

In a second phase, the two groups will then develop a range of products and services along the liquefied hydrogen chain, primarily for maritime and river applications.


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