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Schlumberger New Vitality, the CEA and Companions introduced right this moment the European Fee’s approval for the formation of Genvia, a clear hydrogen manufacturing expertise enterprise. In a novel private-public partnership mannequin, Genvia combines the experience and expertise of Schlumberger and the CEA with VINCI Development, Vicat, and the funding automobile of the French Occitanie Area, l’Agence Régionale de l’Energie et du Climat (AREC).
Hydrogen is a flexible power service and a key element of the power transition for a lot of international locations concentrating on carbon neutrality by 2050. The brand new enterprise will speed up the event and the primary industrial deployment of the CEA high-temperature reversible strong oxide electrolyzer expertise, as essentially the most environment friendly and cost-effective expertise for clear hydrogen manufacturing.
Broad and deep alliances are important to achieve hydrogen manufacturing objectives, evolving purposes and creating a brand new power infrastructure.
“We’re more than happy to be working alongside such skilled and robust companions as we try to develop applied sciences that allow decarbonization. Collectively, constructing on a set of applied sciences developed by the CEA over the past decade, we have now bold progress plans for a expertise that we anticipate to be a game-changer within the manufacturing of unpolluted hydrogen. This initiative demonstrates an alignment of environmental and financial progress ambitions that’s essential for France and Europe in help of the federal government’s and the Fee’s restoration plan,” mentioned François Jacq, Chairman of the CEA.
Genvia expertise goals to attain the best system effectivity, leading to considerably much less electrical energy use per kg of hydrogen produced. The expertise is the primary of its form that’s totally reversible, giving it the flexibleness to modify between electrolysis and gas cell capabilities.
“Clear hydrogen manufacturing is important for the world to satisfy its power transition objectives. Genvia will convey collectively excellent science and superior engineering to speed up the event of a core expertise to unlock reasonably priced hydrogen manufacturing, power storage and gas purposes at scale,” mentioned Olivier Le Peuch, Chief Govt Officer, Schlumberger.
The manufacturing of strong oxide electrolyzers will happen on the Genvia gigafactory, which will probably be established in Béziers, Occitanie Area, France. The middle for expertise switch will probably be positioned on the CEA website in Grenoble, France.
About Schlumberger New Vitality
Schlumberger is the world’s main supplier of expertise to the worldwide power trade. Schlumberger New Vitality explores new avenues of progress by leveraging Schlumberger’s mental and enterprise capital in rising markets, with a concentrate on low-carbon and carbon-neutral power applied sciences. Its actions embrace ventures within the domains of hydrogen, lithium, carbon seize and sequestration, geothermal energy and geo-energy for heating and cooling buildings.
The CEA is a key participant in analysis, growth and innovation in 4 principal areas: power transition, digital transition, expertise for the drugs of the longer term and protection and safety. With a workforce of 20,000 folks, primarily based in 9 French websites outfitted with very large-scale analysis infrastructures, the CEA actively participates in collaborative initiatives with numerous educational and industrial companions, in France, Europe and worldwide. Based on the Clarivate 2019 rating, the CEA is the primary French analysis group, by way of variety of patents filed in France and Europe.
About VINCI Development
A subsidiary of VINCI, VINCI Development, is a world participant and European chief, lively on 5 continents, with greater than 72,000 workers and 830 firms producing income of €14.9 billion in 2019. Structured in keeping with an built-in mannequin, the corporate has the capability to intervene over all the life cycle of a construction (finance, design, development, upkeep) in eight sectors: buildings, purposeful buildings, transport infrastructure, hydraulic engineering, renewable and nuclear power, the setting, hydrogen and fuel sector, and mines.
With nearly 200 years of expertise, the Vicat Group develops a top-class providing of mineral and bio-based development supplies. In following the trajectory it has set itself for carbon neutrality all through its worth chain, the Group operates three core traces of enterprise: Cement, Prepared-Combined Concrete and Aggregates, in addition to associated actions. Nonetheless family-run, the Firm has nearly 9,950 workers, and generated consolidated gross sales of €2.7 billion in 2019. The Group operates in twelve international locations: France, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Turkey, Egypt, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Kazakhstan, India and Brazil. Greater than 60% of its gross sales are generated exterior France.
About AREC, an funding firm within the Occitanie Area
Instrument of the Occitanie Area, AREC suggests power transition options to territories. The Company endeavors to supply actors tailored options, whether or not they’re turnkey or particular, relying on the contexts of the actors within the territories of Occitanie. Impartial, it has an goal imaginative and prescient of options. A trusted third celebration for regional actors and serving the final curiosity, AREC’s added worth lies in its distinctive help throughout all the power transition worth chain: from upstream to the conclusion and financing of initiatives. The Occitanie Area has additionally at all times positioned itself as a pioneer within the growth of the hydrogen sector in its territory. This want was illustrated in 2019 by the adoption of an unprecedented Inexperienced Hydrogen Plan, endowed with €150 million, which ought to make it potential to attain the target of turning into the main constructive power area in Europe by 2050. AREC has actively participated within the deployment of the “inexperienced hydrogen” sector within the area since 2016, as an actor of the power transition in Occitanie. The Company gives technical help and invests in progressive manufacturing and distribution initiatives as a way to deploy hydrogen ecosystems that respect the setting. Thus, AREC is already concerned in main initiatives in Occitanie such because the HyPort mission and the Hyd’Occ mission.