How hydrogen boosts industry and regions

By ENGIE - 08 October 2021 - 10:56

Green hydrogen provides industry and regions with a unique opportunity: it can be produced locally from renewable energy (solar, wind, hydroelectricity), and stored at an industrial plant or in underground caverns. This short energy channel offers industry and regions greater energy autonomy, as well as employment opportunities and new industrial ecosystems. Which is why ENGIE is standing ready to provide them with the support they need.


From mobility to district heating and carbon-free industrial processes, regions and industry players are looking for viable ways to decarbonise their activities. We support their transition and offer them pertinent solutions to meet the specificities of their environment: many underground caverns for hydrogen storage, high renewable energy capacity, industrial basins with high CO2 emissions, etc. 


Support regions and industrials in their energy transition

The Group is fully aware that it must meet these demands if it is to work with local public and private stakeholders to implement a new efficient and competitive hydrogen ecosystem and, ultimately, launch production and distribution platforms. To do this, we will also be adapting our facilities to create dedicated hydrogen transport networks. 

  • We are already supporting the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region as part of the Zero Emission Valley project (ZEV), which focuses on developing hydrogen mobility. The aim is to build twenty hydrogen fuelling stations for a fleet of 1,200 vehicles by 2023.
  • Further south, ENGIE is partnering TotalEnergies and the Sud-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region for its ambitious Masshylia programme. Using a 40 MW electrolyser, the project will produce an average of 15 tonnes of green hydrogen a day to power the biorefinery’s biofuel production process and other industrial and mobility needs, avoiding almost 33,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. The energy produced will not only be used to decarbonise the region’s chemical industries, but also to convert passenger trains in the north of the region from diesel to hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Finally, our hydrogen ambition goes beyond French borders. In the Netherlands, we are launching the HyNetherlands project to install an electrolyser at Eems power plant near Groninguen and produce renewable hydrogen for industry and heavy goods transport. Production will gradually increase, with capacities of 100 MW in 2024, leading to a potential 1.85 GW in the future. This large-scale production project is a decisive step in the push to decarbonise the activities of industry and regions in the north of the country.