A great start for Hynomed SAS, a new player in the Var for the development of green hydrogen

SAS Hynomed

Albert Perez, Director of National & Southern Activities for ENGIE Solutions, Jacques Bianchi, President of the Var Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Richard Curnier, Regional Director of the Banque des Territoires en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Yves Le Trionnaire, Regional Director of the ADEME Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Yannick Chenevard, regional councillor representing the President of the Southern Region got the Hynomed SAS (simplified joint stock company) off the ground on 21 October 2020 in Toulon. This new green hydrogen production and distribution company, a strategic element in the Hynovar* project, aims to deploy a hydrogen ecosystem that will serve land and sea mobility in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Hubert Falco, President of the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée sponsored the launch of this developmental project for the territory’s energy transition and the future of metropolitan mobility.


Green hydrogen for sustainable mobility

The Hynomed company can count on three solid shareholders: ENGIE Solutions (51 %), the Var CCI (24.5 %) and the Banque des Territoires (24.5 %):  an alliance of the territory’s expertise and strengths that will allow it to deploy initially, in the Var, two green hydrogen production and distribution stations.

To the west of the Toulon metropolitan area, the Brégaillon port site, which is an important hub for maritime, land and rail transport, is where the first station is planned to be.  Technical studies and consultation with all stakeholders will confirm its definitive location.  Flexible and adaptable, this first station will be designed to increase its capacity over time. The operational schedule and order time frames mean it can be put into service at the end of 2022.
The station will then be able to refuel 7 to 10 metropolitan hydrogen buses, about 50 light utility vehicles and an innovative, fully hydrogen-powered boat shuttle that can hold 250 passengers, run by Bateliers de la Côte d’Azur and designed by the regional start-up HYSEAS. 

This will allow us to prevent approximately 1,675 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year!
The potential for development is substantial with, in the medium term, the supply of power for other uses such as port handling gear, and the conversion of a large number of industrial and agricultural fleets. Boatbuses, other land vehicles, and a rail service can all envisage turning to hydrogen in future for their energy transition.


Making the Var a pioneering, exemplary ‘Hydrogen territory’ 

By contributing to the development of a durable green hydrogen sector that is suitable for new forms of transport, Hynomed intends to bring about environmental and public health benefits by eliminating CO2 and fine particle emissions, which will improve air quality. “The creation of Hynomed is another illustration of ENGIE Solutions’ commitment to supporting communities and users as they move towards a carbon-neutral economy. The development of green hydrogen is a response to that ambition,” says Albert Perez, Director of National & Southern Activities for ENGIE Solutions. 

With the deployment of Hynomed, the Var will not only benefit from this clean energy to revolutionise land and water transport, but it will also be able to produce it, making it a real hydrogen territory. “Hynomed is the first stone in the vast Hynovar project developed since 2016 to launch a new, virtuous, promising sector providing jobs that cannot be relocated. The Var CCI’s commitment to Hynomed reflects its desire and capacity to mobilise all players and the economic fabric of the Var in the emergence of this vast hydrogen sector where there is so much to be done in a sustainable way,” says Jacques Bianchi, President of the Var CCI.

Hynomed is therefore an ambitious, innovative and eco-responsible territory project. ”By supporting Hynomed, the Banque des Territoires is signalling its willingness to support decarbonised transport solutions for all public or private players, on land or at sea. The creation of Hynomed constitutes an innovative project that brings economic momentum and is a precursor of projects to come, marking considerable progress for the hydrogen sector in the region. This investment will make the Var territory more sustainable and more attractive,” says Richard Curnier, Regional director of the Banque des Territoires en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. 

Heavily invested in the Hynovar project, the Southern Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the ADEME provide considerable financial support amounting to more than one third of operating costs, with €700 K for the Regional Interest Operation “Energies of tomorrow” and €6.45 M for the ADEME call for ‘Hydrogen Mobility Ecosystems’ projects, including €4.2 M to support Hynomed with the installation of electrolyser stations (€1.65 M) and the development of land transport (€2.55 M). ”The ADEME’s support for the Hynovar project is a continuation of more than 15 years of research and development concerning hydrogen. At the ADEME, we support projects such as this to speed up the energy transition and co-build a territorial ecosystem that combines environmental durability and economic performance. This is what Hynomed is driving and bringing to our region today,” explains Yves Le Trionnaire, Regional Director of the ADEME in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. 

*The aim of the Hynovar project is to develop different technological bricks in the hydrogen sector, associating local means of green hydrogen production by prioritising the production of renewable energies and a number of innovative multi-sector applications in the industrial, agricultural and port areas of the regional and Var territory. The Hynovar programme is led by a consortium, bringing to the Hynomed shareholders other players such as the Bateliers de la Côte d’Azur company, the start-up Hyseas and the Paul Ricard racetrack
Source : https://www.var.cci.fr/content/hynovar-l’hydrogène-made-var