French hydrogen production and distribution equipment specialist McPhy on Monday (Jan 17) said it has been contracted by Eiffage Énergie Systèmes to equip the site that will be operated by Hynamics, an EDF Group subsidiary.

Under the terms of the deal, McPhy will supply a 1MW electrolyser to power its McFilling 350 refuelling station, which is capable of distributing 800kg of hydrogen daily at 350 bar.

Once operational, the station will initially be used to refuel a fleet of seven hydrogen buses operated by the Régie des Transports du Territoire de Belfort (RTTB). The station will offer two Hi-Flow terminals with the ability to fuel all 7 buses in one hour.

Jean-Baptiste Lucas, CEO of McPhy, said, “This collaboration with the Eiffage Group, to supply hydrogen to the Belfort conurbation’s hydrogen-powered buses, with a possible opening to other types of vehicles and uses, is emblematic of the growing role played by hydrogen in urban mobility in France.

“This project is a further illustration of McPhy’s commitment to become a key partner for local authorities in their transition to zero-emission mobility.”

In addition to the two Hi-Flo terminals, the station will also offer a third terminal adapted to the filling of tube trailers to allow hydrogen produced at the site to be supplied to industrial users based elsewhere.

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The hydrogen energy market is booming. International organisations like the Hydrogen Council, the International Energy Agency (IEA), KPMG, and many others now claim that hydrogen is simply unavoidable if we are to succeed in the energy transition.

In 2050, it is projected, around 18% of the worldwide energy consumption will be derived from hydrogen, which will in turn contribute to 20% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) abatement required to achieve a 2°C global warming limit scenario.

This very favourable context of the massive deployment of hydrogen translates into business opportunities for McPhy. The company celebrates 10 years of business this year, having been founded in 2008 to develop, manufacture and commercialise an innovative technology of solid-state hydrogen storage.

Within just five years, the company had grown such that it was already enlarging its product offering to hydrogen generators based on water electrolysis. Two years later, and by 2015 this budding enterprise was also able to offer its customers complete hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell cars.

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