The 20 MW electrolyser will supply renewable hydrogen to local industry and transportation in southern France. Port-La-Nouvelle, where the electrolyser will be located, is expected to be a significant hub for hydrogen flows in the Mediterranean.
Hyd’Occ is backed by Qair, a leading French renewable energy and hydrogen producer, as the primary shareholder and developer, and AREC Occitanie, the regional agency for energy transition (held by the Occitanie administrative region), as minority shareholder.
“We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Hyd’Occ on this pivotal project in France, where our business footprint has been relatively modest so far. The project holds great potential for Nel being in one of the Mediterranean’s future hydrogen hubs”, said Hans Hide, Chief Project Officer at Nel.
“We are pleased to count on Nel’s support in the development of the first high-capacity hydrogen production unit in France. This collaboration takes us a step further in making concrete the hydrogen ecosystem of the future” said Guirec Dufour, Chief Executive Officer at Qair France.
This is a firm purchase order for alkaline stacks and balance of stacks. The stacks are planned to be delivered to the client around year-end 2023. Nel will assist the client in the project’s installation, commissioning, and start-up.