France’s largest renewable and green hydrogen production site to open in 2024

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The largest renewable and green hydrogen production site in France

After Germany last week, Lhyfe now goes in the Occitania region (France). In the presence of the President of the Occitania Region, Carole Delga, Lhyfe and AREC* Occitanie have inaugurated the largest green and renewable hydrogen production site in France, to decarbonise mobility and industry throughout the region.

Based in the commune of Bessières, a few dozen kilometres from Toulouse, Lhyfe Occitanie will now be producing up to 2 tonnes of green, renewable hydrogen a day (representing an electrolysis production capacity of 5 MW). There is also the possibility of further ramping up production to keep pace with changing uses and needs. The site will be commissioned in the first half of 2024. It should be noted that Lhyfe owns 80% of the site and AREC 20%.

Double kick-off for Lhyfe and the Occitanie region

Two years after its first site in Bouin (Pays de la Loire), Lhyfe is inaugurating two new production sites in Occitania and Brittany this very month. Each has a production capacity five times greater than the historic site. Lhyfe currently has five other sites under construction or expansion across Europe.

It is also an important week for Occitania. The French region is laying the first stones of its ambitious €150 million “Green Hydrogen” plan, announced in 2019. The Occitania Region is starting to roll out the projects selected as part of the “Occitanie H2 Corridor” project.

A new compact, modular industrial production format

The Bessières site will be in “containerised” format. This has the dual advantage of reducing the amount of floor space required and making it easier to ramp up. On about 8,000 m2, Lhyfe Occitanie will comprise a series of containerised buildings for different functions, a circulation area for lorries, and loading bays for the lorries that transport the hydrogen to the distribution stations and the various customers.

*AREC: French for Regional Energy and Climate Agency (Agence Régionale de l’Energie et du Climat)

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Logan King

Logan King

After an unusual career (3 years in the French army followed by a 3-year degree in Applied Foreign Languages), it was my passion for environmental issues that finally caught up with me and led me to join Seiya Consulting and H2 Today in June 2022. First as an end-of-study internship, then as Marketing & Communication Manager and translator at Hydrogen Today.

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