France, future great power of hydrogen? No one can predict the future, but the country is embarking on this technology, produced at low carbon, moreover. It should be able to produce the equivalent of a nuclear reactor within three years, at the end of 2026.
Indeed, on Thursday, the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, formalized the release of an envelope of four billion euros for the site of Boréalis, a producer of nitrogen fertilizers located in Alsace.
This money is taken from the nine billion dedicated to the national hydrogen strategy. They will help to develop production. Witness Etienne Franc, co-founder of the Hy24 investment platform, for Provence :
“That’s it, France is gone. We should see the deployment of nearly 1,000 megawatts (MW) of carbon-free hydrogen production projects within three years. In terms of power, it’s the equivalent of a nuclear reactor. It’s great news that we can finally take action.”
France must move up a gear
Hydrogen is seen as a solution in many areas. Including for the automobile. It could serve as clean fuel, for fuel cell cars as well as other technologies. This on the condition of being produced properly as well.
Still, France must still act, if it wants to move to the next level regarding this hydrogen production. Competition is indeed tough, on the side of the United States and their Inflation Reduction Act (Ira) or even Germany, which is revising its objectives in this sector upwards.
This is why the public authorities intend to revise their national hydrogen strategy. This could make it possible to modify in particular the financing on the part of the State. What to allow to advance more quickly, hope the industrialists.
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To sum up
In France, by 2026, the equivalent of a nuclear reactor could be produced in electricity, thanks to hydrogen largely produced at low carbon. What will help the development of this technology, which will affect electric cars in particular?