April 2021 - French Inititiatives on Hydrogen
Find out what happened in April
Since September 2020, France has developed its National strategy for the deployement of green hydrogen. This strategy plans to allocate €7 billion of public support until 2030 with three priorities: support for R&D will enable the development of more efficient technologies for all uses of hydrogen; support for first productions and for industrialisation will combine a European approach (partnerships with other European countries to develop large-scale projects) with a national approach; and deployment support will enable economies of scale and lower production costs.
The actions highlighted in this strategy for 2020-2023 correspond to the main hydrogen market trends. The aim is to develop a French electrolysis sector to decarbonize industry, to develop heavy mobility using low-carbon hydrogen, and to support research, innovation and skills development in order to foster the uses of tomorrow.
• Report of the first national hydrogen council meeting
A strong industrial dynamic was generated by the national strategy:
27 R&D projects for hydrogen technology integration are supported in the French recovery framework, for 212M€ (including 37 M€ public investment)
Hydrogen mobility is supported with 60M€ for civil aeronautic and 300M€ for hydrogen trains
The French Agency for ecologic transition (ADEME) is also supporting mobility and technologies for green hydrogen production with 7 projects (136 M€)
The industry has committed to develop vocational trainings for 75 identified professions with initiatives such as "Symbio Hydrogen Acadmey" or "H2 Academy".
• A new society for Green Hydrogen production
The CEA, or French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, has created in March 2021 a joint technology society GENVIA for decarboned hydrogen production, with Schlumberger New Energy, Vinci Construction, Vicat and the Occitanie climate energy agency. The CEA technology for solid oxyde high temperature electrolysers will be used to create a pilot production chain in Beziers.
• France and German companies join for Hydrogen projects
Air Liquide SA, the French industrial-gas supplier, and Germany’s Siemens Energy AG have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop hydrogen technologies. The two companies intend to benefit from partnerships and collaborations to build up a sustainable hydrogen economy, and shape the emergent hydrogen market.