ENGIE, the Durance, Luberon, Verdon (DLVA) and Air Liquide conurbation have decided to join forces to develop the "HyGreen Provence" project, which aims to produce, store and distribute green hydrogen. This project is expected to produce 1300 GWh of solar electricity, equivalent to the residential consumption of about 450,000 people for one year, as well as hydrogen water electrolysis on an industrial scale. In the long term, several tens of thousands of tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year could thus be produced to meet a very wide range of requirements. The signing of this innovative public-private partnership was made possible thanks to the involvement of the many stakeholders committed to the zero-carbon transition and will fully contribute to the development of the hydrogen sector in France.
HyGreen Provence, the first commercial project of this scale in France, is underpinned by the construction of a local renewable electricity production system, made available in the form of hydrogen which can potentially be stored in salt cavities at a site operated by Storengy, an ENGIE subsidiary. The final objective is to supply a network of green mobility stations deployed in the region, as well as industrial sites. The expertise, infrastructure and R&D on the production and storage of hydrogen on or below the surface are crucial to the success of such a project.
“HyGreen Provence is above all an ambitious and innovative project for the region. It will embrace all those desiring consultation and dialogue, particularly the National Parks in Verdon and Luberon. We are therefore involved in the momentum created by the “Vallée des Énergies” together with partners such as the Iter project, the Cadarache CEA, Géomethane and hydroelectricity in Durance. We are thereby contributing to the energy transition in France along with leading industrialists which, through their respective expertise, bring credibility and viability to the requirement for zero carbon emissions” Bernard Jeanmet-Péralta, Chairman of DLVA