HysetCo is a leader in hydrogen, thanks in particular to a recharging station of unrivaled size. But the company seeks above all to develop its network, which according to its president is the key to the development of hydrogen.
In June 2023, HysetCo inaugurated Europe’s largest hydrogen station in Paris. This infrastructure is located at Porte de Saint-Cloud, which is a showcase for the producer.
But the intrinsic capacity of the stations is not the focus of HysetCo’s concerns. The president of the company, Loïc Voisin, explained to us in an exclusive interview what is the priority according to him.
“She’s going to be the biggest for a while.”he declared about the Porte de Saint-Cloud station. “Because we know how to make larger stations. But the key point for the development of mobility in which we are today is really the territorial network.”
“And while at one point, we wondered if we didn’t need to make stations objectively even larger, ultimately, we will instead move towards more numerous stations. We need a larger network to give confidence to customers that there is no problem recharging with a hydrogen vehicle.”
“So here, what we are rather doing is deploying stations between 500 kg and one tonne per day. We can then increase the capacity according to needs. But we rather went back to lower capacities to favor the mesh.”
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Work “already underway” with Carrefour
A network which involves an agreement with Carrefour to set up charging points in the famous chain’s supermarket car parks. The objective for the moment is to more easily develop HysetCo’s Ile-de-France network.
The first associations between the two giants of their respective sectors will be located in the Paris region. In fact, the decision was taken before the concrete consideration of a deployment in the rest of France.
“This partnership announced with Carrefour will accelerate the deployment of the network in Île-de-France. Because we chose to communicate with Carrefour at a time when we had already launched projects.”
“So it’s not distant foresight. For some of the stations, we are really working on work that is already underway. And so we will open these stations to the public from the first half of 2024 in Île-de-France. This is an essential point and it will punctuate our year.”
It’s “easier” to settle in parking lots
Establishing itself in Carrefour car parks presents an advantage for HysetCo. In fact, this gives the company less work to establish itself, since permits are the responsibility of the owner of the premises. In addition, the location of hypermarkets and the space available in the parking lot represent fewer constraints.
“It’s easier than having your own network. It’s complementary, it helps speed things up, particularly because Carrefour is located at traffic junctions which are extremely interesting.”
“So actually, these are places and sites that customers are used to coming to. They are very practical. Then we are in an urban fabric of France which is ultra-dense.”
“It’s easier to settle in a Carrefour parking space rather than going to the middle of the city, as we sometimes do, but where it is necessary you must first find the space, find limits , and then it may take a little more time in terms of administrative acceptance, from local residents, etc.”
“This therefore promotes the speed of deployment of stations. We are talking about five stations, I hope there will be more later. It makes it possible to standardize procedures in the way we spoke with Carrefour, and it goes much faster in fact.”
Carrefour is therefore a strategic partner, but it is not the only one. HysetCo is working on other deals, but has already concluded others: “We already have partnerships. A partner that comes to me, as you ask the question, is Aéroports de Paris.”
“We are already present on the Roissy platform, on that of Orly, and the next station that we will open in the first quarter of 2024 is at Le Bourget airport. So it’s also a good example of partnership.”
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