Last February we attended the Hyvolution 2023 Summit, an event dedicated to hydrogen that brought together experts in the field. In this article, we will present you with a review of the event, including the key points that were discussed, the trends that emerged and the innovations that were presented.
Hyvolution 2023 Summit: what we’ve learned
Denmark has launched a large-scale hydrogen production project using wind and solar power. “The Danish group GreenGo Energy has just unveiled its new project called Megaton. Worth €8 billion, this gigantic facility will be capable of producing more than 1 million tonnes of hydrogen and green e-fuels each year.” (Source : GreenGo Energy)
The European Union wants to be autonomous in the production of hydrogen, and for this it will rely on its partner: Africa. Morocco is a serious candidate for a cable connection to Europe, as its renewable energy sector is in full development. “The EU will need more green hydrogen than we can produce ourselves, so we are looking for countries where green hydrogen can be produced,” Frans Timmermans told EURACTIV. (Source : Euractiv)
Chile’s ambition is to become the cheapest producer of hydrogen on the market. The country says it is open to private investors. It will re-export the hydrogen produced, thanks to the solar and wind farms located in Patagonia, to China and Japan (Read more: International Monetary Fund)
The French energy industrial group Engie has set itself the target of reaching 4 GW of green hydrogen production capacity by 2030. All this thanks to 130 hydrogen production projects underway and/or planned and 100 charging stations for mobility to be built around the world (Read more: ENGIE)
Vinci Airports confirms that hydrogen powered aircraft will be operational between 2030 and 2050. Hydrogen-powered runway vehicles are already operating in Asia and this will also be the case in Lyon with Saint Exupéry airport in 2025. (For more informations: Airbus)
The Hy24 hydrogen fund launched by Air Liquide, TotalEnergies and Vinci has invested 70 million in H2 Mobility Deutschland GMBH. This fund will enable the number of hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany and Austria to be increased from 90 to 300. Of these 300 stations, 200 will be high capacity, i.e. delivering more than one tonne of hydrogen per day, compared with an average of 100 to 200 kg in the current stations. (Source: Hy24)
STELLANTIS has signed a contract with Engie to build its hydrogen refuelling stations. “While we already have several hundred orders for our hydrogen vehicles, this is a key step in meeting the needs of heavy-duty professionals who want to benefit from a low-carbon engine that will allow them to access city centres,” said Xavier Peugeot, Stellantis’ director of commercial vehicles. (Source : Mopar)
Here is an overview of the latest advances and trends in the field of hydrogen, as presented at the Hyvolution 2023 Summit.