GE, GRTgaz, Ineris, McPhy and the French network of Universities of Technology sign research memorandum of understanding to accelerate innovation around hydrogen

Bringing together French industrial champions and key academic institutions, this research MOU intends to advance innovation around hydrogen for all uses, including low-carbon projects for gas power generation and industrial applications
This MOU establishes a hydrogen (H2) research framework with dedicated resources in France to design and conduct a joint program, fostering collaboration and innovation in support of the energy transition.

BELFORT, France – September 30th 2021 (published on Oct. 1st, at 07.30 am CEST) – General Electric, GRTgaz, Ineris, McPhy and the network of universities of technology in France (UTBM, UTC et UTT) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating a hydrogen research framework for power generation.
This collaboration aims to strengthen research and development knowledge on hydrogen production, transport, storage, distribution and safety for all uses including power generation. It allows the creation of a research cluster based in France that will specifically evaluate the concrete application of hydrogen as a fuel for gas turbine power generation. In addition, this work also will address the modelling of their operation, the development of accessories and specific components, safety and certification of the systems.

This collaboration involves:

  • GE Gas Power – a global leader in natural gas supply technology, services and solutions,
  • GRTgaz – a European leader in natural gas transmission and a world expert in gas systems,
  • INERIS – the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, an industrial and commercial public establishment under the aegis of the Minister for Environment,
  • McPhy – an industrial group, specialized in zero-carbon hydrogen production and distribution equipment (electrolyzers and refueling stations),
  • The Universities of Technology at Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) – a leading centre for hydrogen research in France, Compiègne (UTC) and Troyes (UTT), which constitute a unique, leading, and innovative network of scientific, cultural and professional universities, training first-class engineers and doctors.

 

This new hydrogen research framework for power generation will encompass four research streams focused on different aspects of the Hydrogen Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) value chain:

  • System Integration & Operability Modeling, aiming at developing integrated model of gas turbine and hydrogen storage, blending and consumption, and aiming at designing economic solutions that meet marketplace needs. That model aims at developing a comprehensive solution, centered around a hydrogen-fueled gas turbine that will provide power on demand and ensure grid stability in a carbon-reduction context;
  • Accessories and Balance of Plant Components development for Hydrogen readiness including the development of equipment (valves, hoses, seals, analyzers/sensors, flow meters, etc.), simplification of purge systems, and gas separation technology. This stream therefore focuses on the qualification of all the peripheral systems that are required for plant operation, to enable the conversion of existing gas-fired plants to higher hydrogen fuel levels;
  • Safety and Certification of Components and Systems, to enable highest safety standards;
  • Test platform equipped with an electrolyzer, to put into practice the developed concepts and solutions and validate them on an industrial scale. This includes improving the capabilities of the hydrogen test bench at the GE Gas Power production site in Belfort, where the 9HA advanced gas turbine is manufactured.

 

In parallel, the creation of a hydrogen research hub will allow the hosting of PhD students from the relevant academic institutions, as well as providing initial seed funding and oversight to launch the research program. This collaboration will enable stakeholders to join forces to apply to calls for interest for major European or National innovative projects dealing with the design, development, production and use of H2 systems and successive stages (feasibility, design, setup/erection and commissioning of prototypes) relating to the project.

A few statements:

“This Research Framework demonstrates GE’s leadership in driving forward decarbonization solutions for gas power generation – for the region (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), for France, Europe and the world. We are honored to join forces on this important effort with public institutions and corporate champions, both nationally and locally within the Belfort ecosystem. GE has a long history of innovation, and we look forward to utilizing our 80+ years of gas turbine development experience and over 8mln hours of hydrogen combustion learnings in our installed base to solve real problems that will accelerate our hydrogen charge,” said Martin O’Neill, Vice President of Strategy, GE Gas Power.

“Research & Development is a central issue in accelerating and achieving the energy transition. We are proud to be associated with this alliance to share our knowledge and skills for the development of hydrogen. Through its RICE (Research & Innovation Center for Energy) R&D Department, GRTgaz will mobilise its recognised experts and state-of-the-art infrastructure to shed light on the various projects, identify innovative and reliable solutions, and support the growth in the use of hydrogen,” said Pierre Blouet, Director of RICE – GRTgaz.

“The safety of new hydrogen processes and systems is an essential condition for the successful deployment of this sector. Through this research cooperation, Ineris is pleased to make its 25 years of expertise in hydrogen available to support tomorrow’s industrial innovations, which are necessary for the energy transition,” said Franz Lahaie, Ineris’ hydrogen project manager.

Luc Poyer, Chairman and acting CEO of McPhy comments: “Within this working group, McPhy will contribute, in a sector logic, to the sharing and cross development of knowledge. This initiative marks a further step for McPhy, which is accelerating the development of technical and industrial skills in the heart of the territories. We are proud to participate in the consolidation of a French industry at the forefront of hydrogen technologies”.

30 energy players initiate an integrated value chain to deliver green hydrogen across Europe at the price of fossil fuels

Paris, February 11th 2021 (5.45 pm)

After 2 years of research and confidential preparation, a group of 30 pioneering European energy players officially launches “HyDeal Ambition” with the aim of delivering 100% green hydrogen across Europe at €1.5/kg before 2030.

The production of green hydrogen generated by solar-driven electrolysis from the Iberian Peninsula will begin in 2022. The ambition is to achieve 95 GW of solar and 67 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030 to deliver 3.6 million tonnes of green hydrogen per year to users in the energy, industry and mobility sectors via the gas transmission and storage network, the energy equivalent of 1.5 months of oil consumption in France. A phased approach is anticipated with first deliveries in Spain and the Southwest of France followed by an extension towards the East of France and then Germany.

Industrial innovation goes beyond the simple production of truly green or climate-friendly energy. It lies in particular in the price to be delivered to customers at fossil fuel parity, making the transition to a carbon-neutral economy a self-evident perspective.

A series of projects and partnerships are currently being launched involving several of the 30 participants of HyDeal Ambition, with a first initiative expected within a year in Spain, based on a portfolio of solar sites with a capacity of close to 10 GW.

“HyDeal Ambition brings together visionary CEOs and entrepreneurs, who share the determination to accelerate the energy transition. HyDeal Ambition constitutes a complete industrial ecosystem spanning the whole green hydrogen value chain (upstream, midstream, downstream, finance), and results from 2 years of research, analysis, modelling, feasibility studies and contract design. HyDeal Ambition makes it possible to produce and deliver competitive green hydrogen in Europe” says Thierry Lepercq, spokesperson for HyDeal. Participants include:

 

  • Solar developers: DH2/Dhamma Energy (Spain), Falck Renewables (Italy), Qair (France)
  • Electrolysis OEMs, engineering and EPC providers: McPhy Energy (France), VINCI Construction (France)
  • Gas TSOs: Enagás (Spain), OGE (Germany), SNAM (Italy), GRTgaz (France), Teréga (France)
  • Energy and industrial groups: Gazel Energie, subsidiary of EPH (France), Naturgy (Spain), HDF Energie (France)
  • Infrastructure funds: Cube, Marguerite, Meridiam
  • Consultants and advisors: European Investment Bank, Corporate Value Associates (CVA), Clifford Chance, Cranmore Partners, Finergreen, Envision Digital, Energy Web

 

For more information on HyDeal Ambition and its ecosystem of production – supply of green hydrogen at competitive prices, please contact:

Laurent.Hess@allisonpr.com, +33 6 43 44 16 43

Clement.masson@dentsuconsulting.fr, +33 6 34 09 84 22

Video review of the highlights of 2020

& Best wishes for 2021

Thanks to you, 2020 was an amazing and exciting year. With you, we will continue to deploy zero-carbon hydrogen on a large scale in 2021!

The McPhy team wishes you a Happy New Year and invites you to discover in video how we contribute to the decarbonisation of the industrial, mobility and energy sectors; what were the highlights of the past year & our challenges for the year to come. Have a nice viewing !

McPhy® | December 2020

The 44 MW and 35 HRS mentioned in the videoclip refer to our McPhy’s references at 03 August 2020 ; references that are already deployed, under installation or in development. Among them, 2 HRS and 4 MW are included in the conditional part of the Zero Emission Valley framework agreement, signed on June 2020.

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McPhy is proud to be a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance!

[25 November 2020] This summer, McPhy joined the “European Clean Hydrogen Alliance” #ECH2A (the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance) to contribute to the development of zero-carbon hydrogen and to fully invest in contributing achieving the European objectives of carbon neutrality.

The signing of the Alliance confirms McPhy’s desire to deploy zero-carbon hydrogen on a large scale in the service of the fight against air pollution and climate change.

Within the Alliance, we will work alongside our peers to accelerate the deployment of zero-carbon hydrogen solutions at the heart of industries, energy systems or in favor of the emergence of new forms of clean mobility.

In line with this commitment, McPhy contributed to sharing its expertise and knowledge of hydrogen during the European Hydrogen Week which took place from 23 to 27 November 2020.

ECHA: a professional alliance to support the deployment of Europe’s industrial strategy

The Clean Hydrogen Alliance aims to deploy green hydrogen by 2030 and thus achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in the European Union. Since July 2020, the alliance is? part of Europe’s new industrial strategy, at the heart of which the development of carbon-free hydrogen holds a central place.

As a reminder, the alliance is open to stakeholders in industry, mobility, production and distribution of hydrogen, public and private, whose want to contribute to the development of renewable or low hydrogen-carbon in Europe.

Towards a dynamic hydrogen ecosystem in the EU

To achieve this, ECH2A has set itself an investment program to facilitate the implementation of hydrogen development actions and technology deployment across Europe. The Alliance will build on the EU’s leadership in hydrogen technologies, including electrolyzers, hydrogen stations and megawatt-scale fuel cells.

The alliance will support an increase of the production and demand for renewable and low-carbon hydrogen, coordinate action for engaging civil society.

“In 2030, European industry will be a global leader that will responsibly deliver value for society, the environment and the economy. By 2030, the EU will successfully become an innovative, sustainable, competitive and human-centered collaborative economy (…). We will invest heavily in cutting-edge and breakthrough technologies, respect planetary boundaries and biodiversity (…)”.- Final report of the Industry 2030 high level industrial roundtable, “A vision for the European industry until 2030”, June 2019

With more than 500 members, working groups will be set up on various subjects: the production of green or low-carbon hydrogen, its distribution, its use in the industrial, residential and mobility sectors and energy.

All the members of the Alliance, which McPhy is part of, will play a crucial role in the establishment of an industrial hydrogen sector in Europe, by participating in the emergence of an ecosystem of innovative and competitive projects.

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The McPhy website is now available in four languages, to reach our customers and partners all over the world and raise the hydrogen voice anytime anywhere.

Now in English, German, Italian or French, you can (re)discover a comprehensive view of our company, technologies and addressed markets:

  • Find out more about Hydrogen in the energy revolution context
  • Discover the McPhy group, its ambition, history and organization
  • Whatever is your customer’s application, we have the right products and solutions
  • Click and discover a couple of achievements for the industry, mobility and energy sectors
  • Keep up with our latest news in the McLive section (available in English and in French only)
  • And so much more…

 

To switch from one language to another, use the expand menu in the top right corner of the website, then you will have the choice of 4 languages in the top left corner once the menu is scrolled down.

Enjoy your browsing.

 

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Watch the McPhy conference

Did you miss Florent BAUDU’s pitch about zero-carbon hydrogen in the heavy industry during the World Hydrogen Fuels Summit? Here is an extract of the video. You can also discover the Executive Summary of the event, a true overview of the key insights shared in Amsterdam during the great World Hydrogen Fuel Summit.

Key insights

First, let’s recall that the WHFS gathered last March in Amsterdam all the hydrogen stakeholders in the room: politicians, oil giants, chemical and legislative experts, the summit created a breeding ground for collaboration and strategic planning that will enable a proactive coordinated shift towards Hydrogen!

 

This frontrunner project will allow to validate at real industrial scale McPhy pioneering electrolysis technology.

McPhy was on stage during the WHFS, with Florent Baudu, Sales Director in charge of Heavy Industry, sharing the early insights about the Djewels project, a first of its kind in the industrial hydrogen market. It is indeed the first zero-carbon hydrogen production unit at this scale (20 MW) to be implemented in Europe.

It’s a true stepping stone to support zero-carbon hydrogen production at a large-scale, in line with the #EUGreenDeal vision of a carbon neutral Europe by 2050.

The project is led by Nouryon, a leading specialty chemical company, and Gasunie, a gas infrastructure company, with the support of four other partners: De Nora, McPhy, BioMCN and Hinicio. It is funded by a European grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) and by Waddenfonds, a fund that invests in projects in the Netherlands.

 

To learn more about the project, read the Djewels press release : Industrial hydrogen: a 20 MW project in the Netherlands
To learn more about the technology that will be used in the project : Augmented McLyzer.

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19 March 2020

Dear customers, dear partners,

Within the context of the Covid19 epidemic, and in full accordance with government measures taken to limit the spread of the virus, the McPhy team has reorganized its activities to provide you with the best quality of listening and service in this time of crisis, under the required health security conditions.

Our priority is twofold:
Protect the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners;
& maintain our commitments in the best possible conditions.

We make every effort to ensure the best possible continuity of service and take advantage of this message to – once again – thank our teams in France, Italy, Germany and China who are fully committed for the smooth continuation of your projects.

 

With this in mind:

  • We raised the awareness of the barrier gestures within our teams.
  • We have adapted our working methods and generalized “home office” for employees whose activity allows it.
  • Business continuity plans are being rolled out at all of our workshops:
    o Our offices are closed but technology solutions are deployed to ensure that our teams remain fully operational and reachable. Preferably contact your usual interlocutor on their mobile line, direct email, or by videoconference.
    o Our production sites remain operational with limited resources and strengthened security conditions.
    o The workshops are closed to outside visitors except for the delivery operations. We make indeed every effort to ensure that the delivery process is maintained there, as much as possible, with strengthened security conditions.
    o It is not sure that we will be able to process documents that would come to us by mail. Please send your documents by email to your usual contacts.

 

McPhy will take all necessary measures to be ready for the restart of the activity once the health crisis has passed. In the meanwhile, we will keep you regularly informed of developments and thank you for your trust.

 

Together, let’s be vigilant and contribute to the collective effort
& While waiting to see us again: take care of yourself and of your beloved ones!

 

The McPhy Team

In Sorigny (France): inauguration of a new McFilling hydrogen station

This hydrogen refueling station is a first of its kind for the Centre Val de Loire Region (France), for which this project is a key milestone of its strategy of development. Inaugurated in September 21, the station will enable, in the two coming years, to fill up on clean hydrogen all kind of mobilities (utility fleets but also garbage trucks).

Located in the heart of the business park “Hysoparc” of Sorigny, our McFilling 20-350 by McPhy is, in the first stage of the project, dedicated to a fleet of ten utility vehicles (Kangoo ZE-H2). Let’s recall that those hydrogen-powered vehicles have obvious advantages: long-range autonomy (350 km), fast refueling time (less than 5 minutes), and no emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere (they only emit water vapor).

The second phase of the project aims at implementing a hydrogen production platform. This electrolyzer will be connected to the local green electricity sources (solar park) and will provide, on-site and on-demand, the clean hydrogen needed to recharge the “zero emission” vehicles of the local communities: utility fleet, but also garbage trucks.

This project is the perfect illustration of the local communities’ dynamism in favor of the deployment of clean mobility solutions. It enables the Touraine Vallée de l’Indre Community “to « embody its hydrogen strategy and position itself among the Regions which are precursors to widespread hydrogen clean mobility”.

Download the press release of the “Communauté de Communes Touraine Vallée de l’Indre” [PDF – FR]

Communiqué de presse | FR

“Hydrogen, a dual motor for energy and the climat”

Jean Paul REICH, Vice President of Afhypac and the former scientific director of ENGIE, has published an article in Le Monde in favor of clean hydrogen production through electrolysis. This #CleanEnergy solution will enable “the storage of wind turbine and solar energy while limiting industrial emissions”.

“Store wind and solar energy and decarbonize industrial emissions”.

For Jean Paul REICH: “The creation of a virtuous circle – boosting the development of renewable energies by offering a market tailor made to their needs, in turn lowering the production costs of hydrogen by increasing volume – is thus within reach. There’s just a tiny piece missing in order to initiate a drop in prices for hydrogen production through electrolysis, allowing it to become competitive with hydrogen produced through natural gas.”

| Find the full article on Le Monde website [FR]

 

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A global automotive executive survey 2018

For its 19th edition, the survey, polled nearly 1,000 senior executives from the world’s leading automotive companies and more than 2,100 consumers from around the world.

According to the survey, 78% of executives think that fuel cell hydrogen vehicles will be the future.
A majority of auto executives (62%) still think battery electric cars will fail, survey says, mainly for infrastructure and charging time reasons.

More than three-quarters of executives think that fuel cell hydrogen vehicles will be the future.

To find out more:
Release from Electrek
Full KPMG study

 

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