Total and Engie schedule Solar Powered Electrolyzer

The 40 MW electrolyzer, situated at the center of the Total Biorefinery situated in La Mède, can produce 5 tons of green hydrogen each day; satisfy the biofuel development process requirements at the location reduce CO2 emissions of 15,000 tons. Solar PV parks, which have a combined capacity of more than 100 MW, fuel the electrolyzer, the two firms stated in a press declaration. Also, a groundbreaking hydrogen production as well as storage management solution would be launched to handle the sporadic production of solar energy and a need for consistent bio-refinery capacity.

The project contains five technologies that foreshadow decarbonization options in the sector that are “unprecedented in Europe,” stated the designers. These involve a computer control system for the regular flow of hydrogen with the real-time monitoring of the production of solar electricity, the optimization of the convergence of many photovoltaic farms to eliminate energy shortages and mitigate congestion in the network, as well as the large-scale storage of the hydrogen to reconcile the continuous usage of hydrogen with the intermittent production of electricity. In addition, to boost the energy balance, the direct current connection can connect the photovoltaic farm as well as the electrolyzer. Finally, using 3D digital models for every part of the installation, the two organizations can incorporate improved industrial protection.

Total and Engie reported that, after the completion of the pilot process, their collaborators would build new renewable energy facilities for electrolyzers with the potential to generate up to 15 tons of the green hydrogen every day. Several regional agencies, such as the Aix-Marseille-Provence administration, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regional government, and the Capenergies competitiveness cluster, have branded the Masshylia project as revolutionary and of strategic importance for the region. It also encourages local players’ potential to minimize CO2 emissions and show the economic advantages of sustainable hydrogen emissions and for its incorporation into the local ecosystem, these two energy firms stated. 

The partners plan to begin constructing the facility in 2022, following the conclusion of advanced engineering analysis with a view to development in 2024, subject to the required financial resources and public authorization. To this end, the project’s applications have already been submitted to the appropriate French and European authorities. Earlier this week, to ensure the successful execution of the plan, the French government announced the establishment of the National Council on Hydrogen that comprises executives from both Total and Engie. IHS Markit’s latest study showed that the cost of generating green hydrogen has fallen by 40 percent since the year 2015 and is projected to decline by a further 40 percent by 2025. The research company forecasts annual global investments to reach US$1 billion by 2023 in green hydrogen.