The subsidiary of the Ineos group, involved in hydrogen, is going to become a consumer by using a fuel cell truck for its operations in the Bourgogne Franche Comté region.
The European leader in PVC production is going to use a hydrogen-powered truck to connect its Tavaux site (Jura) and the Benvic plant in Dijon (Côte d’Or). It could thus save 60 tonnes of CO2 per year. This reasoning is quite logical for Inovyn*, which is a subsidiary of the chemical group Ineos.
To manufacture PVC, one of the basic ingredients is chlorine, obtained by salt water electrolysis. This know-how led the group to position itself on this new sustainable energy by creating a new entity specialising in hydrogen two years ago. The company also intends to use hydrogen to decarbonise its logistics activities. For example, Inovyn has decided to join forces with GCA Trans Service, a logistics company, to retrofit a truck based on a DAF frame, in which the diesel engine is replaced by an electric motor and a fuel cell. It has a range of 500 km.
The truck will be operational from April and will refuel with hydrogen in Dijon, where an ecosystem is being set up. Following this pilot project, Inovyn is considering similar projects with other customers in the Benelux by the end of 2023.
*Inovyn was originally a joint venture between Ineos and Solvay, created in 2015, but the British company Ineos became 100% owner after one year.
Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King