June 8 (Renewables Now) - French electric utility Engie SA (EPA:ENGI) on Thursday inaugurated France's first alternative multi-fuel station in France.
Located at the Rungis International Market in Paris, the station will power a fleet of 50 hydrogen-powered utility vehicles used by Engie Cofely technicians to ensure multi-technical operations and maintenance work for commercial buildings in the Ile-de-France.
The Ringis station has a provisional refueling capacity of 20 kg/day in hydrogen which should later increase rapidly to 80 kg/day. The installation is designed to produce renewable hydrogen on site with an electrolyser powered solely by renewable energy. The project has received financial support from the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).
Through its subsidiary GNVert, Engie already owns more than 150 alternative fuel CNG, BioGNC, LNG, Hydrogen ...) stations in France, including 4 with hydrogen. GNVert also recently won the top two markets for the refueling of the first H2 bus lines in France (Pau, Lens-Artois-Béthune).