November 14 (Renewables Now) - French power utility Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) has signed a cooperation agreement with industrial gases group Air Liquide SA (EPA:AI) and the Durance-Luberon-Verdon (DLVA) urban area to develop a green hydrogen project.
The project, named HyGreen Provence, was first initiated in 2017. Engie now says the project will serve as a case study to develop and validate the technical and economic conditions for annual solar power generation of 1,300 GWh, along with the production of hydrogen through water electrolysis on an industrial scale.
According to Engie, the urban area, comprising 25 municipalities in the south of France, has the resources for both. The DVLA region boasts 1,450 hours of sunshine per year on average, land availability and a salt cavity storage site that can accommodate the centralised, large-scale production of hydrogen.
The partners will develop the HyGreen Provence project in several phases stretching as far as 2027. The first deliverables are expected by the end of 2021. The renewable hydrogen production output is seen at several tens of thousands of metric tonnes each year.
The produced hydrogen will be used in the mobility, energy and industry sectors on both local and regional level.