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Lhyfe and HYmpulsion sign renewable hydrogen sales agreement

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Lhyfe has announced the signing of a sales agreement with HYmpulsion, the company in charge of deploying hydrogen infrastructure under the Zero Emission Valley (ZEV) project in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Lhyfe and HYmpulsion sign renewable hydrogen sales agreement

The ZEV project, launched in 2017, aims to develop a profitable and sustainable carbon-free mobility chain across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, on the one hand by simultaneously deploying green hydrogen production, storage and distribution infrastructure and, on the other, by making hydrogen vehicles available. This project is being led by HYmpulsion, whose shareholders are the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, Engie, Michelin, Crédit Agricole and Banque des Territoires. Its goal is to make Auvergne-Rhône Alpes one of the first carbon-neutral areas in Europe and it has been selected for funding under the European Commission’s 2017 Transport Blending Call.

By mid-2025, Lhyfe plans to build a green hydrogen production facility with a production capacity of 2tpd (5 MW) in Le Cheylas (between Grenoble and Chambéry), on the former waste storage site of the Ascométal steelworks. In doing so, Lhyfe will help to reindustrialise the area and ensure the transition of the local economy to a more sustainable model. The hydrogen will be produced through the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity.

This site will meet the needs of seven of Hympulsion’s hydrogen stations in the Alps, supplying for a ten-year period volume of 600 tpy (equivalent to approximately 1.6 tpd, after a ramping-up period). It will also meet the needs of local industrial companies, seeking a replacement for fossil derived hydrogen or natural gas.

Through this partnership, Lhyfe and HYmpulsion aim to promote the development of clean mobility and improved air quality in the Alpine valleys.

“Beyond the national challenges of security of energy supply, hydrogen responds to a triple challenge for our region: decarbonisation of light and heavy mobility, improvement of air quality in our valleys, and local job creation,” said Thierry Raevel, Chairman of HYmpulsion and Regional Director for ENGIE. “This project will provide a supply for the Hympulsion stations, in addition to the hydrogen from our 2MW electrolyser (approximately 800 kg of hydrogen a day)."



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