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EDF and McPhy partner to develop carbon-free hydrogen in France and around the world; EDF invests €16M

McPhy, a specialist in hydrogen production, storage and distribution equipment, and EDF Group, have entered into a partnership agreement to develop carbon-free hydrogen in France and around the world. Further, EDF is investing around €16 million in McPhy, ending up with around 21.7% of its share capital, and 20.4% of its voting rights.

Founded in 2008, McPhy offers a full range of hydrogen solutions including electrolyzers, hydrogen refueling stations and storage facilities. McPhy covers the entire value chain from R&D through to engineering, manufacturing, production, operations and maintenance. By joining forces with EDF, which is set to become its core shareholder, McPhy is gaining additional resources that will help it finance its expansion. It will be able to leverage the benefits of EDF’s position in its strategic markets in Europe, the United States and China and count on its active support. The aim is for McPhy to ramp up its business development and win new customers in France and around the world.

EDF’s goals lie in the development of a carbon-free and competitive range of hydrogen solutions, primarily for industrial and mobility clients, by drawing on its industry partners and the momentum built up by specific regions. The Group has already been active on the R&D front for more than 15 years in hydrogen, including electrolyzers and vehicle refueling stations, at its EIFER research center in Karlsruhe.

In the continuity of its involvement to reduce the economy’s carbon footprint and the Hydrogen plan announced by the French minister for the environmental transition on 1 June, EDF group’s contribution to the energy transition has now gained a whole new dimension. By joining forces with McPhy, a leading player in hydrogen production, storage and distribution equipment, it will be able to play its part in developing carbon-free hydrogen.

In France, McPhy is actively involved in rolling out hydrogen-based solutions. These include industrial projects, such as a 1 MW unit for GRTgaz in Fos-sur-Mer, and also mobility projects. Out of the 20 or so hydrogen stations in France, it has supplied equipment for 13. The company has also achieved commercial success on a number of fronts outside France. For example, it won a contract in China to deliver hydrogen production equipment for Jiantou Yanshan Wind Energy's 4 MW unit.

EDF will be able to offer its customers new services reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their competitiveness. These skills in producing and marketing carbon-free hydrogen also dovetail perfectly with EDF Group's strategy in electromobility. EDF considers electrolytic hydrogen as a crucial means of reducing the carbon footprint of economic sectors (industry, mobility) when it is manufactured using carbon-free electricity, as it is the case with EDF’s low carbon mix combining nuclear power and renewable energy.

Comments

HarveyD

Clean (carbon free) H2 production, storage and distribution need this type of joint venture, to accelerate the switch to the new H2 economy, electromobility and mass production of competitive FCEVs.

Lower cost improved (micro to very large) FCs will be available early in the next decade.

Engineer-Poet

Interesting how this works out.  Adding a lot of electrolyzer load to the French grid would allow the entire nuclear fleet to run at 100% all the time instead of ramping to follow the remaining load.  This would definitely cut emissions on the downstream end.  It would also increase the fraction of nuclear electricity on the French grid, which is contrary to the (irrational, green-pandering) Hollande goal of reducing it to 50%.

Clean or renewable:  pick one.

HarveyD

Can/could be done in a flexible way with a greater mix of clean and REs.

In our area, off-peak loads availability is between 18 and 19 hours Monday to Friday and 24 hrs/day on weekends and holidays. With all current 27 large HQ reservoirs overflowing, many TWh are available to produce clean H2 (24/7).

France will soon have to refurbish older NPPs (at very high cost) or build new NPPs at extremely higher cost. Alternatively, France could install and use more lower cost REs for the upcoming H2 economy and EVs/FCEVs?

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