This is a first in Europe and places Occitanie in a position of pioneer in hydrogen. On Monday 4 December, Toulouse Blagnac airport (Haute-Garonne) inaugurated a green hydrogen production station to power passenger buses and tractors for planes on the runways. Co-built by the Occitanie Region and Engie, it currently makes it possible to run five buses on the airport platform.
"The station can supply passenger transport buses between car parks, but tomorrow it can also be buses from outside, such as those from the Metropolis, for example," says Marion Deridder-Blondel, president of Hyport, the company made up of 51% Engie and 49% of the Region, which has set up this refuelling point at the edge of the slopes. Maybe trucks as well, with some carriers who might want to come here and will be able to do so. We also have possible uses for industry since we are able to export this hydrogen through a means of storage. »
An investment of more than €7 million
The station offers two charging stations: one in the airport area and the other outside the airport for external customers. Green hydrogen is made on-site from water electrolysis, i.e. water and electricity from a photovoltaic farm in Fanjeaux (Aude) and hydroelectric dams in the Pyrenees, owned by Engie. The station, which has been operational since 15 August, can produce 400 kg of hydrogen per day and power a total of 20 buses or 200 light vehicles.
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"With the inauguration of Hyport, the whole of Occitania is shining," says Carole Delga, President of the Region. A pioneer, Occitanie was the first to position itself to make green hydrogen a reality in France. Thanks to the dedicated €150 million plan adopted in 2019, the first on a regional scale, we are now present throughout the hydrogen chain, from research to production, including the development of uses. »
This station required an investment of more than €7 million, financed by Engie Solutions, AREC Occitanie, the French Agency for Ecological Transition ADEME and the Occitanie Region.