HyGen revealed today (August 16) it had launched the studies with its partner Technip Energies for its €430m ($425.9m) Hynovera project which aims to produce hydrogen and renewable fuels on an industrial scale.

H2 View understands Technip Energies, a strategic shareholder of HyGen, will be responsible for carrying out the studies with BioTfueL® technology, marketed by Axens, on behalf of the partners in the BioTfueL project.

Based on an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bionext and Axens, Hy2gen will be one of the first companies to deploy the BioTfueL technology on an industrial scale at the Hynovera project.

With plans to combine the BioTfueL process, which enables biofuel production from biomasses, with an 85 to 120MW electrolyser, the produced fuels are intended to be used for aviation and maritime use.

Set to be located on the site of a former coal-fired power plant, the project comes as part of a pact signed by local authorities, the state, and the owner of the site to see an industrial renewal of the site focused on encouraging the energy transition.

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Commenting on the launch of the studies, Laure Mandrou, Senior Vice-President of Low Carbon Activities at Technip Energies, said, “We are proud to be involved in the development of the Hy2gen projects and in particular the Hynovera project.

“This project, which will contribute to building a sustainable future, illustrates our commitment to work alongside Hy2gen and fits perfectly with our strategy to develop the market for green hydrogen and its derivatives.”

Cyril Dufau-Sansot, CEO of Hy2Gen, added, “With Hynovera, we will produce renewable paraffin equivalent to 10-15% of the consumption of an airport such as Marseille-Provence at the Centrale de Provence site, as well as 16,000 tonnes of carbon neutral diesel fuel and 100,000 tonnes of renewable methanol per year, both of which are clean fuels for shipping.”


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