On November 13, 2019, the Air Liquide and Engie groups announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Durance, Luberon, Verdon agglomeration (DLVA) to produce, store and distribute “green hydrogen”.

This agreement is part of the “HyGreen Provence” project launched in 2017, which aims to develop and validate the technical and economic conditions for the production of 1,300 GWh of solar electricity and the production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water. on an industrial scale, says Engie in a statement.

This project has several phases with first achievements in late 2021 and a final phase envisaged in 2027, according to a group statement. Tens of thousands of tons of renewable hydrogen per year could be produced eventually.

This hydrogen will serve mobility, energy and industrial uses, both locally and regionally.

“The signing of this innovative public-private partnership (…) will contribute fully to the development of the hydrogen sector ,  the statement said.

The agglomeration DLVA comprises 25 municipalities bringing together 65,000 inhabitants. It has a saline cavity storage site that can receive centralized production of large renewable hydrogen.