The Auxerrois urban community, Hynamics and Transdev open the largest renewable hydrogen production and distribuion site in France

Publish on 13/10/2021

With a capacity of 1 MW, the AuxHYGen station can produce up to 400 kg of green hydrogen per day through water electrolysis. This first project of Hynamics, an EDF group subsidiary specialising in hydrogen, will prevent the emission of 2,200 tonnes of CO2 each year. Since September, it has supplied five hydrogen buses operated by Transdev Auxerrois on the Leo urban transport network and is part of the territorial ecosystem project led by the Auxerrois urban community. This clean mobility project, which will address other uses in the coming months, is part of the territorial air-climate-energy plan and the proactive policy led by the urban community, chaired by Crescent Marault, fostering the energy transition of its areas.

Hydrogen is a highly concentrated energy source the use of which in mobility (via a fuel cell) only releases water and produces no noise pollution. Moreover, if it is produced by water electrolysis, its production emits neither CO2 nor particles. It is for these reasons that the Auxerrois urban community has chosen this technology to reduce the carbon intensity of its transport network, among other things. The project first came to fruition in December 2019 with the order of five buses Businova H2 (SAFRA hydrogen bus equipped with Symbio batteries) now operated by Transdev Auxerrois on the Leo network. The AuxHYGen station, developed, built, and operated by Hynamics, currently supplies them with locally produced green hydrogen distributed in short circuits.

Since September, the station, equipped by McPhy, has supplied 20% of the Transdev Auxerrois bus fleet. By 2025, the aim is to increase the production capacities of these facilities from 1 to 3 MW to support the emergence of all uses of hydrogen. This second phase of the project will be supported by ADEME. This will allow the station to supply more hydrogen buses, light commercial vehicles, trucks, trains, etc.

More generally, this project is part of a large-scale regional hydrogen ecosystem being created by the Auxerrois urban community. The aim is to establish strong partnerships between the Auxerrois area, under the aegis of the urban community, and industry and mobility stakeholders in order to develop new hydrogen projects.

For Crescent Marault, Chairman of the Auxerrois urban community: ‘We have great hopes for Hydrogen, as we have imagined it. We want to anchor this technology in the region and get companies to appropriate it so that, tomorrow, Auxerrois will be ready before everyone else. The urban community is implementing a medium- and long-term strategy to become an autonomous energy region. The role of a local authority is to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow and to initiate change serving its attractiveness, both for people and for businesses.

Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of EDF, commented: ‘By commissioning the first hydrogen station of this scale in France, EDF group and its subsidiary Hynamics have boosted the entire sector and are sending a strong signal: we are fully committed, alongside our partners, to making low-carbon and renewable hydrogen a lever to achieve our common carbon neutrality goals.

Thierry Mallet, CEO of Transdev, commented: ‘Our role as a mobility operator is to support communities in their search for solutions adapted to their regions. The example of Auxerrois therefore symbolises our desire to work hand in hand with elected representatives and local economic and industrial partners. With this station and the development of its bus fleet, Auxerre, I am convinced, will very quickly become an example to follow both for many communities and the Transdev group.

Hydrogen in Auxerre in a few figures
  • 1 megawatt: power of the electrolyser installed by Hynamics in Auxerre
  • Less than 6 months between the start of works and commissioning
  • 100% renewable electricity used to supply the station
  • 400 kilograms of hydrogen produced per day
  • 5 hydrogen buses integrated by SAFRA and operated by Transdev Auxerrois on the Leo network
  • 2,200 tonnes of CO2 avoided every year
  • 300 kilometres: operating range of a hydrogen bus
  • 250,000 kilometres: distance travelled annually by all Auxerrois hydrogen buses
About the Auxerrois urban community
It includes 29 towns, has a population of 72,000, and is chaired by Crescent Marault, also mayor of the central city, Auxerre.
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About Hynamics
Hynamics is an EDF group subsidiary which offers industry and mobility stakeholders a turnkey offer for the production, storage, and distribution of low-carbon and renewable hydrogen through the investment in, operation, and maintenance of hydrogen production and distribution facilities.
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About Transdev
As a global mobility operator and integrator present in 18 countries, Transdev enables 11 million passengers to travel every day thanks to its various efficient and environmentally friendly modes of transport which connect individuals and communities. Transdev advises and supports, through continuing cooperation, local authorities and companies in the search for safer and more innovative mobility solutions.
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Rosatom and EDF Group join forces to develop green hydrogen

Publish on 26/04/2021

Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, a global technological leader, and the EDF Group, the world leader in low-carbon energy solutions, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in March 2021 to develop green hydrogen in Russia and Europe.

In particular, the EDF and Rosatom agreement aims to develop initiatives in the sectors of mobility and industrial complex decarbonisation, and anticipates research and development cooperation on new CO2- neutral hydrogen technologies that will help combat global warming.

Hydrogen energy is one of Rosatom's R&D priorities. The Russian nuclear industry has great technological and scientific potential in developing hydrogen production - both by electrolysis, one of the most environmentally-friendly production methods, and from methane conversion with associated CO2 capture and storage technologies. Rosatom's ambition is to produce and store decarbonised hydrogen, and take part in pilot projects in Russia and across the world. Hydrogen technology development is set to play an important role in achieving the Paris Climate Agreement goal to limit global warming to no more than +2° Celsius by 2100. In 2019, EDF strengthened its commitment to the energy transition by creating Hynamics, a subsidiary aimed at making EDF a key player in the low-carbon and renewable hydrogen sector in France and internationally.

Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business at Rosatom: "We believe in the future of hydrogen as an energy source and in Russia's strong export potential in this field - especially considering its rich natural resources, technologies, industries and energy sector. Rosatom systematically develops carbon-free energy generation, and our projects aren’t limited by our extensive capacity in nuclear. We are ready to become one of the key players in the emerging global hydrogen production, transport and consumption market. In the context of global decarbonization goals, hydrogen as an energy source is an issue of major importance for international cooperation. I am sure our collaboration with EDF will result in significant synergies and will enable us to conduct joint hydrogen projects, not only in Russia and France but also worldwide."

For Béatrice Buffon, Group Executive Vice-President in charge of EDF’s International Division: "EDF's raison d'être is to build a net zero energy future with electricity and innovative solutions and services, to help save the planet and drive well-being and economic development. Low-carbon hydrogen production is a key factor in the energy transition. The agreement with the Rosatom Group, our historical partner in Russia and one of the country's key players in the field of decarbonised hydrogen, illustrates EDF's desire to develop a new energy model with lower CO2 emissions wherever we operate."

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About EDF

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.9 million customers(1), 28.1million of which are in France. It generated consolidated sales of €69 billion in 2020. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
(1) Customers are counted since 2018 per delivery site; a customer can have two delivery points: one for electricity and another for gas.

About Rosatom

ROSATOM is a diversified holding that unites assets in the energy sector, the mechanical engineering industry, and the construction industry. Its objective is to develop low-carbon sources of energy, including wind energy. ROSATOM is Russia’s national leader in electricity generation (producing over 20% of the country’s total power) and ranks first in the world in terms of portfolio of foreign projects, with 35 power units at different stages of implementation in 12 countries. ROSATOM is the only company in the world that has competencies in the entire technological chain of the nuclear fuel cycle, from natural uranium mining to the final stages of a nuclear facility’s lifespan. The scope of ROSATOM’s activity also extends to scientific research, the development of the Northern Sea Route, the development of various innovative products, both nuclear and non-nuclear, and environmental projects, including the creation of eco-technology parks and a state system for handling hazardous industrial waste. ROSATOM employs over 260,000 people in more than 400 enterprises and organizations.


Kirgyzstan: EDF wins a contract in partnership with EGIS

Publish on 23/04/2021

In March 2021, the EDF Hydro Engineering Center (CIH) in partnership with the French Group EGIS signed the contract with Electric Power Plants to assume the role of technical consultant in the rehabilitation of the Uch-Kurgan hydro power plant in Kyrgyzstan.

The EDF / EGIS consortium will play the role of project management consultant for Electric Power Plant (EPP) for the rehabilitation of the Uch-Kurgan hydro power plant. The project aims to completely overhaul this 180 MW power station, located on the Naryn River and commissioned in 1962, as well as implement a capacity increase of 40 MW. The contract is set for a 5 years period.

This contract represents one more reference for EDF on the dynamic Central Asian market.


EDF took part in Russia’s first green startup booster

Publish on 18/12/2020

The GreenTech Start-up Booster environmental program, organized by the Skolkovo Foundation with the support of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Construction, Housing and Public Utilities and the Ministry of Energy, aims to research and implement innovative solutions in the fields of ecology, industrial safety and sustainable development. For this program, the largest Russian companies such as SIBUR, Severstal and Gazpromneft and the foreign industrial actors as ENEL and TOTAL have joined forces for the first time to search out projects in the “green” technology field. During the final which took place on December 15, the corporates selected the best solutions in this field.

As for EDF, participation in the GreenTech Start-up Booster environmental program falls within the framework of cooperation between EDF and the Skolkovo Foundation provided for in the Memorandum signed by the parties in 2016. It constitutes one of the Group’s first formal interactions with Skolkovo ever since we entered the world of Russian innovations.

EDF indicated two main areas of cooperation within the framework of the GreenTech Start-up Booster project. They are “Clean Energy” (wind and solar technologies, hydrogen technologies and digital solutions to improve energy efficiency) and “Humans and Environment” (stimulation of ecologically responsible behavior, digital technologies for the environment, general safety and occupational safety).

Initially, there were 853 successful entrants into the program hailing from 190 cities across the world, including Amsterdam, Belgrade, Munich, Tbilisi, Minsk as well as Moscow and St. Petersburg and other Russian cities. Over 100 Skolkovo resident companies comprised the original applicants in the accelerator. During the pitch sessions, preselected startups were evaluated by numerous experts from Skolkovo Foundation, EDF, Skoltech, Gazprom Neft, Total, WWF, and many other bodies. Twenty-three projects got to the final, where five winners were identified.

Laurent Paganon, Director, EDF Representative Office in Russia and the CIS: “EDF welcomes the initiative of the Skolkovo Foundation to launch the GreenTech Start-up Booster program, with the support of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The fight against climate change is one of our company’s main goal. At EDF, we are convinced that the energy transition is a joint effort, and we work tirelessly with those developing innovative technological solutions. Russia has enormous potential for innovation and for lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and through the EDF’s participation in the GreenTech Start-up Booster program we’ve gotten to build a portfolio of startup projects that share our vision of co-developing electric, low-carbon innovations.
The Green Tech Startup Booster has attracted a lot of attention, and the sheer quantity of project applications is impressive. We could already see that a community of startups, corporates and actors of the ecological transition has been built around the “Booster”. We are glad to have been a part of this event

The five GreenTech final winners are:
  • Biomicrogel (1st place), solution based on natural occurring modified polysaccharides to remove oil-based pollutants from water;
  • Printeltech (2nd place), portable, highly sensitive, low-cost air pollution monitoring system;
  • Brosk (3rd place), low-cost and efficient heat pump;
  • Environmental Investments (4th place), solution designed to reduce CO2 by way of providing plantations of fast-growth CO2 absorbing trees aimed at reducing carbon tax footprint of emitting companies;
  • Big3 (5th place), a digital platform for modeling of waste treatment sector, waste accounting and waste management control.
At EDF, we are continuing discussions with several startups we met through the “Booster’’, with whom we are looking at how to build fruitful collaboration.

For more information on the project go to the GreenTech Start-up Booster website .

Fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement: EDF steps up its ambitions and takes new climate commitments

Publish on 10/12/2020

  • The EDF Group's reinforced downward trajectory of CO2 emissions has been validated by Science Based Targets1 as being aligned with a well-below 2°C pathway.
  • It is included in the Climate Change A-list of the CDP2 for the 4th time.
  • The Group implements a new Climate-related governance within its Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Commited to the fight against global warning, EDF is reasserting its ambitions for the energy transition on the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Group's reinforced downward trajectory of CO2 emissions has been validated by Science Based Targets as being aligned with a well-below 2°C pathway, whilst also establishing a dedicated climate-related governance aligned with best practices recommended by the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure3 (TCFD).

EDF embarks on a path of reducing CO2 emissions well below the 2°C target set by the Paris Agreement

In February 2020, the EDF Group joined the initiative known as “Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees: our only future4”, currently comprising more than 300 companies that have undertaken to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 in order to help limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5 °C compared with the pre-industrial period.

Through this undertaking, the EDF Group is also supporting the United Nations” “Race-To-Zero” initiative, calling for this ambition to be raised ahead of COP 26.

On the 7th of December 2020, the CO2 emission reduction targets that the EDF Group set itself in March 2020, covering both its direct emissions (scope 1) and indirect emissions (scope 2 and 3), were validated by Science Based Targets as being aligned with a “Well Below 2°Ctrajectory in accordance with their specifically developed methodology for the electricity sector.

The EDF Group is committed both to intensifying the decarbonisation of its electricity mix, and also to supporting its customers with the decarbonisation of their energy uses through promoting innovative solutions (electric mobility, heat pump, renewable heat network, energy savings).

For the EDF Group, it involves:
  • reducing its direct and indirect CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 50% (2017 basis), including emissions from non-consolidated generation assets and emissions associated with electricity purchased for sale to end customers;
  • reducing its CO2 emissions associated with the burning of gas sold to end customers (scope 3) by 28% (2019 basis).
This trajectory represents an absolute reduction of direct greenhouse-gas emissions amounting to 25 Mt CO2 by 2030, equivalent to a carbon intensity of approximately 35 g CO2/kWh in 2030, one of the lowest in the electricity sector. Thanks to its energy mix mainly made up of nuclear and renewables, EDF is already an exception amongst other electricity utilities with 55 g/KWh compared to 294 g/KWh on average in Europe.

Back in 2018, EDF was one of the first companies to set itself the target of contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality. The Group's efforts have once again been celebrated through its inclusion for the fourth time in the Climate Change A-list of the CDP, a non-profit-making organisation that comprises the best-performing companies in the areas of transparency and targets with regard to their carbon approach, as well as their commitment to the fight against climate change. In 2020, only 2.8% of companies around the world obtained this distinction.

Stronger governance

In order to strengthen its climate-related governance structure and in keeping with best TCFD standards, the EDF Group appointed Climate point persons from within its Executive Committee and Board of Directors:
  • The Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategy, Alexandre Perra, is Climate point person within the Group Executive Committee. In this capacity, he Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategy, Alexandre Perra, is Climate point person within the Group Executive Committee. In this capacity, he presents the Group's carbon-neutrality ambition at the Board's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and the board itself.
  • Claire Pedini, Chairwoman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, is the Climate point person represented on the Board. In this capacity and in liaison with the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee's Climate point person, she ensures that the Board identifies all impacts of climate change for the Group and that the work undertaken by the Board as well as the latter's strategy, include considerations pertaining to climate change.
Extensive education of Group employees

While global awareness of the climate crisis through access to scientific information is a crucial challenge, EDF intends to be a role model in its efforts to educate as many people as possible. The Group has consequently undertaken to train its 165 000 employees on the “Fresque du Climat” by 2022. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement, EDF is holding a special workshop in order to educate more than 400 employees around the world on the same day.

Founded by Cédric Ringenbach, “La Fresque du Climat” association is hosting an educational workshop on the issue of climate change based on IPCC research and built on collective intelligence methodology. More than 2 300 of the Group's employees have already attended these workshops and 150 of them have been specifically trained to become facilitators themselves.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: “Five years after the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, the EDF Group is reasserting its historical commitment to the fight against global warming through the setting of ambitious targets fully reflecting our raison d'être. Across the world, EDF Group's employees are fully committed. The recognition of our efforts by the CDP Climate Change and the awarding of SBTi certification have singled out EDF's efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions and make an essential contribution to the energy transition”.
1 Science Based Targets is a joint initiative between CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute and World Wild Fund, launched further to the Paris Agreement in 2015. More than 1 000 companies have already committed themselves, including 500 with targets set.
2 After 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2017, EDF obtained an A- score.
3 The Task force on climate disclosure is a working group that was established in 2015 by the G20 Financial Stability Board on the occasion of COP21. It seeks to increase financial transparency pertaining to climate-related risks. The EDF Group was one of the first organizations to support this approach and is officially a "TCFD supporter".
4 The “Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees: our only future” initiative was launched in September 2019 by the United Nations Global Compact, the We Mean Business coalition and the Science Based Targets initiative.

EDF joins Digital SDG Accelerator as a partner of cleantech challenge

Publish on 07/12/2020

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group partners with Digital SDG Accelerator in search for innovative solutions to mitigate climate change and improve life quality in cities.

The best projects will have a chance to visit the EIFER lab in Germany, EDF R&D subsidiary, and pilot their projects with the Group.

We invite projects with a prototype addressing one of the following topics:
  • Estimation /measurement of traffic induced by mobility at the scale of a metropolis;
  • Estimation /measurement of GHG emissions from energy consumption and mobility;
  • Measurement and prediction of environmental conditions;
  • Design and usage of energy and climate indicators to support decision-making;
  • “What if?” tools for climate & energy scenario assessment.
In addition to cooperating with EDF and EIFER, participating projects might be selected into the catalogue of 100 best EAEU sustainable development technologies which will be presented at the key international events including UN COP26.

Key dates

The deadline for the application to the Acceleration programme is 31st of December 2020. More information about the application process and acceleration program available here.

About Digital SDG Accelerator

Digital SDG Accelerator was launched to accelerate deployment of innovative digital technologies for anti-crisis recovery and transition to sustainable growth based on UN SDGs. The accelerator is organized by Evercity with the support of infrastructural partner Russian National Development Corporation, as well as International Telecommunications Union, UN Global Compact Russia, Russian Carbon Fund, CSR Central Asia and more than 20 leaders of the innovative ecosystem in EAEU countries. Since its launch in June 2020, the Accelerator has received more than 80 applications.

Green light for green hydrogen – WESTKÜSTE100 receives funding approval from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs

Publish on 05/08/2020

First real-world laboratory of the energy transition to focus on cross-sector coupling and hydrogen technologies gets under way

(Hemmingstedt/Berlin, 3 August 2020) — Today the consortium behind the WESTKÜSTE100 project received the go-ahead and funding approval from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy that will make it Germany’s first hydrogen project included in the “real-world laboratories fostering the energy transition” programme. The project is backed by an investment volume totalling 89 million euros. The funding volume approved for the project’s launch on 1 August 2020 amounts to 30 million euros. As a result, the real-world laboratory project has taken a significant step forward towards its goal of progressively establishing a regional hydrogen economy on an industrial scale. The consortium brings together a total of ten partners: EDF Deutschland, Holcim Deutschland, OGE, Ørsted Deutschland, Raffinerie Heide, Heide’s municipal utility, Thüga, and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, along with the Region Heide development agency and the Westküste University of Applied Sciences. They plan to produce green hydrogen, transport it in the gas network, use it in industrial processes and to interlink different material cycles within the existing infrastructure. This will allow the decarbonisation of industry, mobility and the heating market to be tested under real conditions – with the overriding objective of climate protection.

“An electrolysis plant with a capacity of 700 MW – this is our vision and the next milestone in implementing the development targets laid down in the national hydrogen strategy by 2030,” says Jürgen Wollschläger, managing director of Raffinerie Heide and coordinator of the WESTKÜSTE100 project. “Starting from today, the WESTKÜSTE100 partners will be working together to create this green future and build an ecologically and economically sustainable business model. We see the energy transition as a cross-sectoral endeavour. With industry, science and politicians all pulling together, our 700 MW vision will become reality.”

Schleswig-Holstein’s state president Daniel Günther also welcomed the decision: “I am delighted that the WESTKÜSTE100 real-world laboratory is the first hydrogen project among the winners selected in last year’s national ideas competition to receive funding approval,” he stated. He said the project showed how innovative Schleswig-Holstein’s efforts were to drive forward the energy transition and how economy and ecology could be combined to optimum effect. “We are one of Germany’s leading federal state when it comes to generating electricity from renewables. But we also want to make more use of the renewable electricity and thereby help generate added value in our own region. This will allow the energy transition to be accomplished in other areas, such as heating, mobility and industry,” Günther added. The WESTKÜSTE100 real-world laboratory was a model example that could stimulate further innovations around hydrogen as a future technology, he said.

Launch of the initial project phase – the electrolysis plant

The funding approval enables work to begin on the first phase of the project, which is set to run for five years. A newly formed joint venture, H2 Westküste GmbH, comprising EDF Deutschland, Ørsted and Raffinerie Heide, is to build a 30 megawatt electrolyser which will produce green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and provide information on the operation, maintenance, control and grid compatibility of the equipment.

According to refinery managing director Jürgen Wollschläger, “With the adoption of the national hydrogen strategy at the beginning of June 2020, green hydrogen has become the key element in Germany’s energy transition. For us at Raffinerie Heide, the funding approval received today fires the gun to go all out in creating a new, green business model around the manufacture and exploitation of green hydrogen for the future. In building and commissioning an industrial-scale electrolysis plant on our site we will become an active part of the industry of tomorrow.”

Jean-Marc Bazenet, managing director of EDF Deutschland GmbH, and Christelle Rouillé, CEO of Hynamics stated, “The EDF Group welcomes the decision to grant Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs funding, which will facilitate and accelerate the construction of further large electrolysis plants. This marks an initial, decisive step in Germany taken by the EDF Group and its subsidiary Hynamics, which specialises in decarbonised hydrogen production. This project forms part of the hydrogen strategy of the EDF Group overseen by Hynamics which is targeted at decarbonising the mobility and industrial sectors. We are very proud to be actively involved in implementing the federal government’s hydrogen strategy and thus contributing to its energy transition”.

Volker Malmen, managing director of Ørsted in Germany stated, “We are delighted by the positive decision. This project is unique in its use of offshore wind energy for large-scale hydrogen production. No other renewable energy source can provide such reliably large quantities of green electricity for electrolysis. For this reason, the expansion of renewables and offshore wind power in particular must be aligned with the increased demand associated with hydrogen production. We see here an ideal opportunity for the further decarbonisation of German industry, and green hydrogen holds the key to sectoral decarbonisation. The WESTKÜSTE100 project is a key element for us in playing a pioneering role in green hydrogen as we do in offshore wind energy, in order to create a world that places its faith entirely on green energy.”

Unique interlinking of material cycles – infeed into gas grid, sustainable cement production

What is special and innovative about the WESTKÜSTE100 project is the linking of different sectors within an existing regional infrastructure. This also includes the integration of green hydrogen in the existing process at Raffinerie Heide in a move intended to replace the use of grey hydrogen. In addition, part of the generated hydrogen will be transported via a newly built hydrogen pipeline to Heide’s municipal utility for transfer to the natural gas grid. In a future stage, there are plans to supply a hydrogen filling station. All the milestones that are devised during the WESTKÜSTE100 project form the basis for the next, scaling stages. The vision for all partners is to build a 700 MW electrolysis plant, with the future prospect of making use of the waste heat and oxygen arising during the electrolysis process. Further plans include the production of climate-friendly aviation fuels and large-scale supply to gas grids.

Dr. Jörg Bergmann, CEO of Open Grid Europe GmbH stated, “The funding approval has brought us significantly closer to our project goal of carrying pure hydrogen in a pipeline forming part of the gas supply network. Our task now is to realise this unique energy transition project as quickly as possible. To do this we will need to clear the administrative and regulatory hurdles so that we and the other project partners can take the final investment decision for the start of construction next year.”

Michael Riechel, chairman of the executive board of Thüga Aktiengesellschaft stated, “Our long-term target is an H2 quota in the gas grid of up to 100 percent by 2050. In the test run with a hydrogen addition of up to 20 percent in a section of the network comprising more than 200 domestic customers, Thüga and Heide municipal utility are setting a concrete precedent, the results of which will benefit the just under 100 municipal supply companies belonging to the Thüga Group on their way to creating decarbonised gas grids”.

In the future manufacture of fuel, hydrogen from electrolysis and unavoidable CO2 from a regional cement plant in Schleswig-Holstein will be used in the process. During the initial phase of the WESTKÜSTE100 project preparations will be made for converting the Lägerdorf cement plant to a more environmentally friendly (oxyfuel) combustion process. Thorsten Hahn, CEO and chairman of Holcim (Deutschland) GmbH stated, “For us, as a manufacturer of building materials, the funding approval is a key milestone on the way to decarbonising cement production. Now all of us involved in WESTKÜSTE100 must move forward quickly, decisively and dynamically in order to achieve our ultimate goal of cross-sectoral coupling on a large industrial scale in the coming years.”

We are delighted to contribute our expertise in the manufacture of green hydrogen by electrolysis and in the exploitation of CO2 as a raw material for green methanol to this outstanding project. This will help further reinforce the leading role of German industry in hydrogen technologies,” stated Sami Pelkonen, CEO Chemical & Process Technologies at thyssenkrupp.

Prof. Dr. Katja Kuhn, president of Westküste University of Applied Sciences, stated, “I am very proud of our involvement in this real-world laboratory as a university partner. We will be responsible for technical, legal and social aspects and will nurture close contact to our university networks through our Campus100 project. We are particularly delighted that our students will have the opportunity to take part in research associated with such an important energy transition project.”

Dirk Burmeister, chief executive of the Region Heide development agency, stated: “The Heide region, with its ENTREE 100 initiative encompassing projects relating to the energy transition, is emerging as a hot spot of the green hydrogen economy in Germany and Europe. The early strategic orientation of an entire region is now paying off.”

In the next stage of the project, scaling of the electrolysis plant in the order of 700 MW is planned, for which the electricity will be generated by an offshore wind farm. The project work conducted as part of WESTKÜSTE100 will lay the foundation for this and create the necessary know-how.

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EDF Pulse Start-up Awards 2020

Publish on 04/03/2020

The EDF Pulse start-up Awards’ 7th edition starts now!

And this new decade brings new ambitions: support socially inclusive innovations bringing progress. This challenge is great, but we know that Europe to be teeming with talents, energies, and ideas.

Will your project make our lifestyles healthier, more helpful and comfortable? Is it contributing to the fight against global warming? Will it improve organisations’ performance? Is it a solution to innovate sustainably in the field of sport? Go ahead and apply!

Submit your application now!

The EDF Group has developed a digital urban planning platform for a new district nearby Moscow

Publish on 10/12/2019

EDF City Platform, the energy and urban planning tool, will help creating Russia’s first greenfield smart and sustainable city.

The EDF Group is the partner of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye JSC (branch of Sberbank) who is in charge of building a future smart district of the Russian capital - Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. This 460-hectare territory West of Moscow will host 66,000 inhabitants and 76,000 workers by 2030. The project aims to make a leap forward innovative technologies and services, modern architecture and advanced urban planning in Russia.

EDF has developed the Sberbank City Platform (SCP), a dedicated version of the EDF City Platform specifically created to suit the specific needs of the client but also local technological and regulatory frameworks as well as Russian harsh climate.
The digital simulation tool allows to compare and assess energy and urban scenarios and find the best sustainable concept for the project, optimising the consumption and local production of energy, supporting the development of electric mobility and rolling out new technologies and services to ensure the quality of life of the future residents. 

The platform has been developed by EDF R&D department and EIFER research centre based in Karlsruhe in Germany, in close cooperation with the EDF Moscow representative office. It paved the way to a fruitful partnership between EDF and Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye and led to a further cooperation in the field of Smart City.

Dijon Métropole launches a unique Smart City Project in France

Publish on 19/04/2019

Dijon Métropole has just rolled out an unprecedented smart city project based on remotely managing urban equipment of all the metropolis’ 23 municipalities from a connected command post.

After one year of work, the connected command post at the heart of the OnDijon project was unveiled by Dijon mayor, Dijon Métropole president and former minister François REBSAMEN, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region president Marie-Guite DUFAY and representatives of the consortium that built the post—Martin BOUYGUES, Bouygues Group chairman-CEO , authorized representative, EDF Group chairman-CEO Jean-Bernard LEVY, SUEZ group CEO Jean-Louis CHAUSSADE and Capgemini France chairman Jérôme SIMÉON.

OnDijon: unique among French Smart City projects

Dijon Métropole builds the region of the future with an original Smart City project in France, which has new services for citizens and the modernisation of public action at the heart of public space management.
The OnDijon smart city project has an unprecedented scope as it includes all 23 municipalities of Dijon Métropole.
Urban equipment are connected to and remotely managed by the command post; service vehicles are geo-tracked and interventions better coordinated: waste removal, street cleaning, urban traffic regulation, surveillance of public areas, etc..

The connected command post: heart of the OnDijon project

Fifty people are working at the 1,200m2 connected command post, which:
  • Simplifies and improves the coordination of interventions and maintenance works of the metropolis’ services on the public space relating to bulky rubbish, roads, green areas, cleaning, etc.
  • Remotely manages the urban equipment of the metropolis' 23 municipalities such as traffic lights, street lighting, video protection or road services
  • Ensures public safety and security: crisis management (snow, floods, etc.), safety of public buildings (fire, intrusion, access control, etc.) as well as video protection and interventions by the municipal police
  • Organises inhabitants’ mobility by coordinating means of transport and travel across the area
  • Processes around 630 daily calls received at the telephone portal dedicated to citizens’ requests.
OnDijon: a trailblazing business and contract model

To carry out the project, Dijon Métropole relies on a consortium responsible for building the connected command post and managing it for 12 years under a public design, construction, operation and maintenance contract.
The project’s total cost is €105 million, of which €53 million is investment by public sources: Dijon Métropole, the city of Dijon, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The local authority had already planned most of this investment as part of its investment and urban equipment renewal programme.
OnDijon relies on an innovative investment leveraging effect: modernizing public services and equipment, especially installing 100% LED lighting, will generate savings allowing new digital services to be funded.

The project enable to achieve 65% energy savings in 12 years.

  • A €105m contract financed by Dijon Métropole, the city of Dijon, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER)
  • Renovation of over 34,000 lighting points in 100% LED
  • 113 crossroads and 180 buses equipped with bus priority
  • 205 vehicles geo-tracked and 130 equipped with radios
  • Over 140 km of fibre optic cables laid
  • 180 buildings operated in safety and security, connected to the command post, including 13 refurbished structures
  • 65% energy savings by the end of the contract
  • Replacement of 26 access terminal sites
  • Replacement of 269 video protection cameras
  • Mid-2015: earliest studies to group together the six command posts (Security, Municipal Police, Urban Supervision Centre, Traffic, Hello City Hall, Snow)
  • February 1st 2018: start of the contract with the consortium led by Bouygues Énergies & Services and Citelum (EDF Group), with SUEZ and Capgemini, to build the connected command post
  • June to December 2018: development of the command post
  • April 11th, 2019: launch of the Smart Metropolis with the operation of the connected command post
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