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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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With this leading project, the most important launched in Europe so far, the Auvergne Rhône Alpes aims at becoming the first hydrogen territory, both at a French and European level.

The Zero Emission Valley (read our previous release) has just obtained the financial support of the European Union. This € 70 million budget will help ensure: the ramp up of the hydrogen sector, the democratization of the use of hydrogen vehicles, and to win the fight against air pollution and climate change.

In the framework of the call for tender “Blending call 2017”, Europe has chosen to provide its financial support to the ZEV project.

The French Auvergne Rhône Alpes region aims at becoming the leading hydrogen territory, within France and Europe; and to turn the AURA into a model region with regard to sustainable development.

To this purpose, hydrogen, as a clean energy vector, plays a key role.

ZEV Project:

1 000 hydrogen vehicles,

20 hydrogen stations,

15 electrolyzers.

That is the reason why the Region applied for the European call of tender “Blending call 2017”, by submitting an ambitious project for the deployment of zero-emission mobility. The ZEV project aims at accelerating the ramp up of both the hydrogen-powered vehicles and the hydrogen stations’ infrastructure within the Region.
The size of the project, its innovative nature, the quality of the public-private sectors partnership and the economic profitability convinced the European Union, which has chosen the ZEV project over several others.

ZEV, a hydrogen project at an unprecedent scale

After the experimentation step, hydrogen enters into a deployment phase. Thanks to the European financial support, the AURA Region will support the launch of 1 000 hydrogen cars, 20 hydrogen stations and 15 electrolyzers, by providing a € 70 million fund over the coming 10 years.

This project relies on the wide expertise of the hydrogen energy already demonstrated in AURA. Let’s recall that the Region indeed gathers almost 80% of the hydrogen players.

Dowload the press release from the Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes (FR) [PDF]

Communiqué de presse | FR

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Hydrogen is gaining momentum in the French Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region!

After having officially launched the Zero Emission Valley project, revealed a plan to make Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes the European leader of hydrogen, the Region now invites us to a presentation of the ZEV project on Thursday 5th of October. The switch to a #CleanEnergy mix continues to gain pace!

President of the Region Mr Laurent WAUQUIEZ reveals his plan to make Auvergne Rhône Alpes the European leader of hydrogen

McPhy went to the Arve Valley (Haute Savoie) on September 14th to meet Mr Laurent WAUQUIEZ, president of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region, who presented his regional plan for the fight against air pollution.

A few months after announcing his «anti-pollution in the Alpine valleys » ambition, the regional president brought us up to date on the concrete progress of the projects and reaffirmed his commitment to make the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region a model in the fight against air pollution.

ZEV: Roll out of 20 stations at 1 000 hydrogen automobiles in Auvergne Rhône Alpes

At the heart of this plan, hydrogen energy is placed in an ideal position. In line with the Zero Emission Valley project officially launched two days earlier (see our article) Mr WAUQUIEZ reaffirmed in the presence of elected officials, companies and journalists his ambitions for the hydrogen sector: “The Region has a concentration of 80% of the actors in the sector. It must become the leader, in France and at the European level, of hydrogen.”

In addition, the location chosen for this meeting was highly symbolic. The first hydrogen station in the regional plan of Mr WAUQUIEZ was installed at the Bonneville hydroelectric power plant.
Clean hydrogen will be produced here with the surplus green energy (hydraulic) generated by the power station, which will fuel a fleet of hydrogen electric vehicles.

Naturally, the regional start ups McPhy (hydrogen station) and Symbio (hydrogen automobile) participated in the meeting. They had the opportunity to present their “full scale” technological solutions and discuss a roll out plan that would be in line with the needs of the alpine territories.

“The AURA region must spearhead the launch of hydrogen technology” concluded the president of the region, convinced of the economic and ecological potential of hydrogen. The ambition is clear, the objectives and the roll out plan have been calculated. In order to fulfill these ambitions, the region will initially allocate an envelope of 1.6 million euros, designated for premiums for the purchase of clean automobiles.

Bertrand AMELOT (McPhy) showcasing the McFilling hydrogen refueling station to Mr WAUQUIEZ, President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

The AURA region invites us to discover the Zero Emission Valley project on October 5th

When? Thursday 5 octobre, from 2 PM

Where? Hôtel de Région – Lyon | 1 esplanade François Mitterrand – 69002 LYON

What? Under the honorary chairmanship of its President Laurent WAUQUIEZ, the Region organizes a meeting dedicated to the hydrogen mobility.

Vice-President Eric FOURNIER, in charge of the environment, sustainable development and energy topics, will be chairing a conference on the theme: “decarbonized region, air quality and hydrogen mobility”, before leading round table discussions.

If you’re in the area, be part of the event!

Show your support for the Hydrogen #CleanEnergy sector!

Fill in the online form to support the region’s ambition “Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: the center of excellence for hydrogen”.

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Our answer is yes!

Last week, the Figaro dedicated a full page to hydrogen mobility, posing the question: “fuel cells, the future of automobiles?”.
Let’s have a look on the key messages of this article, into which Pascal MAUBERGER, President of Afhypac and the CEO of McPhy shares his perspective on the future of this #CleanEnergy serving clean mobility.

Fight against preconceived ideas

“A hydrogen fill-up of 3 to 4 minutes allows a car to run for 500 to 600 km.”

After repeated “dieselgates”, the laws on energy transition and other climate agreements, and the latest announcements by major powers who hope to banish diesel and petrol fuels, the question seems legitimate…and the answer simple!

Even if this technology is not (yet) democratized, it should be kept in mind that the hydrogen electric car has been driven all over the world, over millions of kilometers. This represents 2 500 “fuel cell” automobiles (equipped with fuel cells) that have been sold worldwide in 2016. And the growth curve is increasing.

As Pascal MAUBERGER reminds us, for the user “the use of a fuel cell car is very similar to that of a thermal engine car.”
A 3 to 4 minute fill-up of hydrogen allows the car to run for 500 to 600 kilometers. The innovation, and not the least, is that the hydrogen automobile has the distinctive feature of only emitting a little water vapor into the air.

Renewable energies: a key factor in the success of hydrogen mobility

The technologies exist. The time has come for their industrialization, which would permit to meet the major challenges of the sector: the rationalization of car prices and the densification of the hydrogen station network, still in an embryonic state at this time (about twenty currently in service in France).

Last point, but not the least: hydrogen mobility also represents a way to stock electricity from renewable sources. This surplus clean energy (with controlled cost) could be put to use and bring a concrete solution to the intermittence of renewable energies; at the same time participating to the flexibility and the equilibrium of electricity networks.

In this equation, the renewable energies appear to be a high value-added solution.

Proof that this is a hot issue? It echoes two other news items in a Figaro supplement the same day: the opening of the Frankfort Motor Show that “honored electromobility”; and an article on China, which is “preparing the big bang for clean cars” by announcing the end of thermal engines by 2040.
Stay tuned!

Find out more on the Figaro’s website (reserved for subscribers).

The French Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region is betting on hydrogen and has decided to make it become a “center of excellence”. Show your support!

“Make hydrogen become a center of excellence”

The French Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region is betting on hydrogen and has decided to make it become a “center of excellence”.

Through its ambitious “Zero Emission Valley” program, the region aims to deploy 20 hydrogen refueling stations and 1 000 vehicles. This project sets the scene for the hydrogen technologies’ industrialization phase, to be duplicated in France and abroad.

It is also a strong path to reassert the role of hydrogen in both energy transition and local economic growth.

Already supported by the French Minister Nicolas Hulot, and by numerous key players of the H2 sector – among which McPhy! – the ZEV project is awaiting your signature!

Fill in the online form and show your support for the Hydrogen #CleanEnergy sector: https://www.auvergnerhonealpes.fr/278-pour-une-filiere-hydrogene-d-excellence.htm

China is joining France, Britain and Germany in announcing plans to end sales of petrol and diesel cars.

A formidable task for the world’s biggest auto market

For the world’s biggest auto market, this is a formidable task, necessary to reduce pollution and carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.

As a first step to address this #CleanEnergy #CleaAir challenge, China will launch next year a “clean vehicles” quotas system.

Enough to boost the electric & hydrogen mobility in the Middle Kingdom!

| Via The Independent http://ind.pn/2wSlUv4

 

Find out more about Hydrogen mobility : https://mcphy.com/en/your-applications/hydrogen-mobility/