ENGIE has joined forces with Air Liquide and the Durance, Luberon, Verdon urban area (DLVA) in order to develop the HyGreen Provence project. This public-private partnership aims to produce solar electricity and to transform a growing part of it into green hydrogen. With the eventual annual production of several thousand tons of renewable hydrogen, this project is set to be an important milestone for the development of the sector in France.
The first commercial project of this scale in France, HyGreen Provence is centred around the construction of a local renewable energy production system. This alternative energy will be recovered in large part as renewable hydrogen.
How will it work?
A genuine regional ecosystem will be developed: pending the provision of financial support, as of 2023, electricity will be produced from solar energy. One part will be directly injected to the network. Another part will be recovered as hydrogen by an electrolyser.
By 2028, this gas will be stored in salt caverns on the Manosque storage site, operated by Storengy (an ENGIE subsidiary), and distributed for a wide range of uses. Not only will it be able to supply a network of green mobility stations implemented throughout the region, but, above all, it will contribute to the decarbonisation of the regional industrial fabric. Finally, it could also be used for other purposes, such as heating and cooling.
Proposed by ENGIE (through its ENGIE subsidiary, and its entity dedicated to hydrogen) and its partners (DLVA, Air Liquide France and its subsidiary, Hydrogen Company), HyGreen Provence represents a global solution, the product of technical synergies, which will hugely contribute to local and regional development in the region.
With both economic and industrial objectives, HyGreen is also the result of a collaboration of different stakeholders, with a view to preserving landscapes (forested areas, croplands, etc.) and to respect biodiversity, ensuring harmonious development in the region. The Verdon and Luberon natural parks have contributed, in particular, their expertise in terms of protection of areas.
“Above all, HyGreen Provence is an ambitious and innovative project. It rallies all concerned stakeholders with a desire to work together, in particular the Luberon and Verdon Parks. With this project, we are contributing to France’s energy transition alongside renowned industrial companies who, through their respective expertise, lend credibility and viability to a zero-carbon emission requirement.”
Jean-Christophe PETRIGNY, President of the DLVA
“We are delighted to take part in this flagship project which will demonstrate, on an industrial scale in France, the essential role that green hydrogen plays in the energy transition.”
Guy Salzgeber, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee at Air Liquide