Emergence of a hydrogen cluster

 

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Hydrogen sector

"Hydrogen is a solution for everyone. Hydrogen ceased long ago to be a solution only for rockets ans is on the way to becoming a very common solution ! When Mahytec was launched in 2008, it was not thought that the first public applications of Hydrogen woulb be to make coffee!"

Dominique Perreux, co-founder of the Company

 

THE RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY ALLIANCE

The nomadicity of objects, mobilities, stationary applications (aid stations or isolated sites ...), today hydrogen is power in response to many needs. It finds its legitimacy of use even more so when it is produced from ENR, to which it constitutes an excellent storage vector and can be available to produce electricity outside traditional distribution networks.

Pile à combustibleFuel cell © FC Lab

Wind power, photovoltaic and hydroelectric energy are very exciting sources of electricity but which nevertheless have the major disadvantage of being not very easy to store. While on the other hand, hydrogen can be stored by means of reservoirs in various forms: As compressed hydrogen or by the solid route in metal hydrides. Hydrogen as intermediate energy carrier and the fuel cell as hydrogen transforming equipment, constitute an additional ENR solution.



NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES 
The term "New Energy Technologies" is used to devise new methods of production and energy consumption. The Franche-Comté is ready to play a major role in the development of a sector related to the production, maintenance and installation of power generating equipment. Metal piping, polymer membranes, valves, sensors, surface treatment ... are all skills that the Franche-Comté offers and that make it a territory of promise to the hydrogen and fuel cell environment of tomorrow. Researchers and industrialists are working to promote synergy in the development of production strategies for smart energy management.

 

A TERRITORY OF INDUSTRIAL ENERGIES...

With 47,800 km², Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is the 1st industrial region in France. It has the unusual characteristic of being at the same time one of the most industrial regions in France and with nature preserved. Only 4% of its area is developed.
It is in this environment that two industries have developed that form the crucible of current Hydrogen Technology developments. First, the car and railway industry, which is underpinned by expertise in metallurgy, has favoured the building of an industrial fabric which is particularly dense in subcontracting companies. The know-how of these companies enables them to respond to the totality of mechanical and micro technical needs, from plastics processing to composite materials...
Next, the energy production equipment industry. The leaders of the sector are established, here, attracted by the the proximity of all these skills

... INNOVATIVE EXPERTISE: THE RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY ALLIANCE
Energy and transport have thus become the speciality of a whole territory!
Today, the ecosystem around Hydrogen technologies is being built up. Research organisations provide responses not only for the integration of combustible battery systems but also for the development of techniques for the production of clean and
economically viable Hydrogen. Solutions to optimise the yield of electrolysers and Hydrogen storage systems are in the process of development in the laboratories of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Research is now a powerhouse which engenders startups which enrich the ecosystem around Hydrogen.
 

 

 

ENRgHy, the hydrogen economy demonstrated

"Our ambition is to pursue structuring innovation, industrialisation, training ans stimulation of this domain in order to produce a cuttingedge domain at the national level and beyond."

Marie-Guite Dufay, Président of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regional council

A Hydrogen territory is a territory which has decided to develop a concrete economy around Hydrogen, an energy vector shown to be one of the future solutions.

ENRgHy is the response of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in calling for projects for “Hydrogen Territory» launched by the
Minister for the Environment for Energy and the Sea in May 2016 andwhose objective was to label projects of large-scale demonstrationimplementing the Hydrogen energy vector in the territories.


ENRgHy is the first step in the roadmap of a regional Engagement, coordinated by the regional council, measured and considered on the emergence of a Hydrogen energy domain in the territory of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté within the context of energy transition. The deploymentof this domain figures among the strategic orientation of the Region in complement to the actions as regards energy efficiency and thedevelopment of renewable energies.


ENRgHy relies on a fertile and pioneering university base. A little less than 20 years ago, at Belfort, the first work on combustible battery systems began. Since then, FCLAB, the technology platform unique in France has doubled its experimental capacity and assembled 140 researchers.


ENRgHy is also the dynamic involvement of the regional industrial fabric supported by territorial authorities and institutions. Accompanied by the Pôle Véhicule du Futur, the cluster Wind For Future, l’Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard and l’Agence Régionale de Développement, among others, they are creating a diverse and robust ecosystem.
ENRgHy has the ambition to be the proof of the creation of knowledge, economic value and employment by bringing about energy transition and participation in the regional spread of clean and renewable energy in society. Specifically, the Region supports the deployment of the Hydrogen energy domain with 6M€ included in the 2017 budget.


ENRgHy will enable financing 7 projects involving 3 territories... to start with...

ENRgHy, 7 projects, 3 territories, 0 émission

Historically based at Belfort, the development of experiments on Hydrogen energy have spread throughout the region. While the urban area of Belfort-Montbéliard is consolidating its global place with laboratories which test the integration of combustible battery stems, at Dole, industrial and institutional interests aim to demonstrate the efficacity of an industrial domain based on the Hydrogen economy. In l’Yonne, there is a double objective.
This means, on one hand, to couple the sources of renewable energy - methanisation and wind - and Hydrogen on the other hand to supply the urban bus network with the Hydrogen vector regulated by smart grids.

 

2 STRUCTURING EQUIPMENT FOR THE NATIONAL DOMAIN

Parallel to setting up experiments, the Region is investing to create favourable conditions for the deployment of technologies linked to Hydrogen. Through projects structuring the ambition to help industries to migrate towards the Hydrogen economy.

 

DOLE :
ISTHY, THE NATIONAL PLATFORM FOR HYDROGEN STORAGE

A unique institute to test and qualify Hydrogen storage apparatus. Supported by le Grand Dole the project created by USTHTY unites industries (PME and large groups), organisms and agencies acting in the domain of Hydrogen and the authorities. It has as its objective to become the centre in France of certification and re qualification of storage systems and to be at the centre of training and R&D enabling anticipation of technological developments.

 

AIRE URBAINE BELFORT-MONTÉBLIARD : HYBAN, A TEST BENCH OF GREAT POWER

An industrial test bench, of very powerful combustible batteries, PEMFC and HT PEMFC type, (100-120 kWe) unique and indispensable for marketing “full fuel Cell power” vehicles will complete the equipment of the Combustible Battery platform at Belfort.

 

5 EXPERIMETATION PROJECTS

AUXERRE : EOLBUS - A PILOT PROJECT IN FRANCE COUPLING WIND AND TRANSPORT

Demonstrate economically that it is possible to move to a “0 emission” transport system based on Hydrogen and ENR.

A PROJECT
The project is carried by the Auxerre conurbation with the support of the cluster WindForFuture in relation with le Pôle Véhicule du Futur and involving nearly ten industrial partners. It aims to create a production, storage and distribution  the pertinence of storage solutions of electricity sources which are intermittent: of the production of Hydrogen by a wind farm and its regulation by a smart grid according to the network charge,

A DEMONSTRATION

For a period of 2 years, it intends to demonstrate:

• the pertinence of storage solutions of electricity sources which are intermittent: of the production of Hydrogen by a wind farm and its regulation by a smart grid according to the network charge,
• the potential of a new economic model via experimenting on a large scale with the deployment of the energy transition.

 

SAINT FLORENTIN: HYCAUNAIS - THE FIRST PROJECT COUPLING METHANISATINO AND METHANATION
Demonstrate the potential for the future of “power gas” technology and launch a new industrial.


A PROJECT
This project a real circular economy “waste to energy” initiative, proposes to value the CO2 present in the Saint-Florentin landfill site by using the procedure of methanation. The Hydrogen necessary for this procedure is itself supplied by wind production.


A DEMONSTRATION
Over a period of 6 years, the objective is to contribute to energy transition by demonstrating the possibilities of replication for:
• large scale energy storage in the gas network for the development of intermittent ENR,
• regulation and optimisation, by use, of the smart grids
• the elimination of CO2 before emission into the atmosphere.


DOLE : NEWMHYLL, HYDROELECTRICITY AND HYDROGEN

Demonstrate the feasibility of an economic model for the future of small scale hydroelectricity using Hydrogen.

A PROJECT
The project should enable testing the economic viability of autonomous solutions based on low pressure Hydrogen. This project is original in that it consists of developing “zero emissions” tourist services providing transport solutions which are soft, urban and for the river.

A DEMONSTRATION
For a period of 3 years, it intends to demonstrate:
• the viability of small production units associated with local use,
• to convince the public of the safe use of


GRAND DOLE CONURBATION : VHYCTOR -  DISTRIBUTION STATION FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCED AT INOVYN

Demonstrate the likelihood of drastic cost reduction Distributed in stations of a new concept.

A PROJECT

The concept rests on the construction of a Hydrogen distribution station supplied by an industrial gas source coproduced
and transported at high pressure. The development of a nationally duplicable chain of transport enabling the rapid implementation of a distribution network which is structured and competitive on the national territory.

A DEMONSTRATION

Over a period of 2 years for the construction and 1 year of experiments, VhyTor aims to reduce costs in relation to existing solutions by using a massive source of Hydrogen; transport at high pressure and distribution via simplified stations. 

 

AIRE URBAINE BELFORT-MONTBÉLIARD: HYDATA, STATIONARY HYDROGEN ENERGY DOUBLE EFFECT FOR A DATA CENTRE

Demonstrate gains and inputs of an autonomous production/consumption stationary Hydrogen energy solution.

A PROJECT
The size of the digital universe doubles every 4 years, data centres which accommodate treatment services, storage, restoring billions of Gigabytes of data created each day are trying to reduce their energy consumption and improve their availability.
Electricity supply via an autonomous Hydrogen system issuing from renewable energies and installing a of a backup application appears to be an interesting optimisation solution.

A DEMONSTRATION

Over a period of 2 years, HyDATA will enable the validation of pertinence of a stationary fuel supply application:

• intelligent management in real time of renewable input - production/consumption

• optimised regulation of heat emitted,
• specific low pressure-high density Hydrogen storage.

 

 

First in France

In order to prepare for the future, the education of the younger generation is of capital importance. The Conseil régional de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté has promoted a programme to establish a complete Hydrogen energy solution, not only for energy
storage but also for transport, in 5 lycées. The company MAHYTEC has responded by associating other companies and regional skills to propose a turnkey solution consisting of a dual function station which allows storage of electrical energy and restoring it using a “combustible battery and batteries” system. This station will also supply Hydrogen to a vehicle. This is a Hydrogen quadricycle enabling the transport of a very useful charge.
Together these will enable at the same time teaching activities for students and new features for lycées. With such a system, high school students will have complete knowledge at scale 1 of Hydrogen energy technologies for the lycées of the 21st century.

High added-value companies

Consistent with its Regional Plan of Economic Development, the Franche-Comté region creates the momentum necessary for development and innovation for the development and structure of a complete hydrogen sector. The presence in the territory of an industrial base specialised in the processing of materials, surface treatment expertise and fluid mechanics and mechatronics ... are just some of the many strengths to ensure the design, development and complete manufacture of the hydrogen systems of tomorrow.

MaHyTec, stockage hydrogèneStorage solution© MaHyTec


MAHYTEC, 250 STORAGE TANKS INSTALLED IN THE WORLD
The only company in Europe to design and produce 2 types of storage technology for Hydrogen for mobile, nomad or stationary applications: a high pressure system and a hydride system storing Hydrogen in solid form at low pressure.
Mastering the entirety of the Hydrogen chain: the key solution ... SECURITHY, developed by MAHYTEC, is composed of an electrolyser, a storage reservoir at 30 bar, a combustible battery and batteries which enable it to supply electricity in all conditions. MAHYTEC associating other regional skills with its Hydrogen expertise will establish 5 dual use hybrid “combustible battery and battery” stations and to fuel hydrogen vehicles also provided. These clusters set up in 5 lycées in Bourgogne Franche-Comté, have as their objective notably to raise awareness in the new generation of thepotential of renewable Hydrogen energy in the context of energy transition.

 

H2SYS, SILENT, NON POLLUTING, AND NO MAINTENANCE ELECTRICAL GENERATORS

H2SYS is developing and commercialising hybrid electric generators, fuelled by hydrogen, for power from 1kW to 20 kW. The start-up is supported by results from several years of applied research conducted at the research federation FCLAB CNRS at Belfort, and values research work in innovative solutions, responding to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

These new electrical generators, silent and “0 emission” can be used inside buildings, ensuring safe power supply replacing emergency generators and even supplying electric power at work sites or isolated sites. The field of application of the generators is broad enough and thanks to Hydrogen energy, the start-up is in the service of industrial development and energy transition.

 

INOVYN

With more than 10,000 tonnes per year, Inovyn is the first producer in France of low carbon co-produced Hydrogen. The company is cooperating in the success of the project VHycTor.

 

SCHRADER, SAFETY VALVES FOR PRESSURIZED H2 TANK

Schrader means pressure management for a large range of fluids such as air, air conditioning gas, fuels…Schrader has the abilities to design and manufacture several functionalities such charging ports, safety valves, pressure and flow regulators.
Pressure Thermal Relief Valve –protection in case of fire and over pressure. To detect excessive temperature in a specific area Schrader has designed, based on a fuse tube which follows the cylinder areas to control potential over temperature.
Then it’s not anymore necessary to implement safety valves at each ends of the tanks. The principle is as follows: the fuse tube is filled with a liquid under constant pressure. The liquid‘s pressure is created by a piston-spring system then this pressure is independent of the gas’s pressure. And the advantage is that the fuse tube burns at the requested temperature. When the tube melts, the liquid is exhausted then the piston moves back. Consequently the gas sealing system is released.

 

VALMÉTAL, CUSTOM-BUILT SPECIAL VEHICLES

Specialising in the transformation of metals by laser cutting and folding of long pieces, the company custom designs vacuuming and sweeping vehicles, and recently electric washers. Designer and assembler, Valmétal envisages several projects and partners for eco responsible vehicles. The sale of these first two electric washers to the city of Paris launches it into new markets and enables it to respond to more and more demands in terms of the environment, ecology and the cost of use.

 

 

 

 

Committed research

Franche Comté is one of the frontier regions in the economy of biofuels and hydrogen. It has already proved its interest in the development of the hydrogen sector in its territory through skills development and support for investment in research equipment..

 

INSTITUT FEMTO-ST

FRANCHE-COMTÉ ELECTRONICS, MECHANICS, THERMAL AND OPTICS - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

FEMTO-ST, salle blancheFemto / clean room © L. Cheviet

  • In the field of mobility and transport, research interests include:

    • Smart cities and mobility
    • Hybrid electric and fuel cell systems: design, modelling, optimisation, real-time simulation and fuel cell and auxiliary control systems, prognosis and diagnosis of the lifespan, hydrogen storage system
    • Smart materials, structural reductions.

www.femto-st.fr

 

IRTES

 INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH INTO TRANSPORT, ENERGY AND SOCIETY 

 

UTBM / IRTES, séance de travailWorking session © IRTES

  • Research Unit Structured into 4 entities that cover the fields of engineering sciences and humanities and social sciences:
    • IRTES-LERMPS (Studies and research on materials, processes and surfaces),
    • IRTES-M3M (Mechatronics, methods, models and trades),
    • IRTES-SET (Systems and transport),
    • IRTES-RECITS (Research on industrial, technological and scientific choices).

www.utbm.fr/recherche/irtes.html

 

 

 

CNRS - FC Lab

 

FC LabLaboratory © FC Lab

  • The Fédération de Recherche CNRS FC Lab is formed by research teams from four laboratories: the Institut FEMTO-ST, IRTES, the LTE (Transport and Environment Laboratory) unit of IFSTTAR (French Institute of Science and. Technology for Transport, Development and Networks ), the new technologies evolution research  team (LTN) of  IFSTTAR.
    The FC Lab develops 7 complementary lines of research, in strong partnership with the industry​.

www.fclab.fr

 

 

FUEL CELL PLATEFORM

 

Façade plateforme pile à combustible, UTBMFuel Cell Platform © ARDFC

The "Fuel cell" platform at the UTBM (Belfort-Montbéliard University of Technology),  is unique in France, it enables experiments and testing of fuel cell systems under very extreme conditions of pressure, temperature, humidity...

 

 

FEMTO ENGINEERING

 

FEMTO EngineeringFEMTO Engineering © L. Cheviet

  • FEMTO Engineering offers industrial innovation solutions, from laboratory validation to environment operational prototype. The technological development centre provides the interface between FEMTO-ST research and industrial requirements in the following fields: Time-Frequency, Energy, Optics, Cleanroom Microtechnologies and Biomedical with the development of the chip with plasmonic properties and analysis of biological interactions on biochips.

www.femto-engineering.fr

 

 

Training for excellence

The specificity of the Franche-Comté is to offer training perfectly in line with the objectives of the companies in the territory. The territory offers a wide and varied range of qualification courses, targeted and organised according to specific identified requirements. The courses are aimed and implemented, both in their content and in their rhythms, to constantly adapt to scientific and technological developments: short and long degree programme, through initial training, further education or training through learning. The annual flow of new graduates trained in the Franche-Comté irrigates Franche-Comté businesses, national and international and accordingly demonstrates the capacity of training institutions to provide competent staff and executives capable of innovation.

 

UTBM

UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AT BELFORT-MONTBÉLIARD

 

UTBM, séance de travail en classeWorking session © UTBM

  • 2,700 students
  • 240 Teacher-researchers 
  • The Energy Department regroups 4 sectors: Energy production, Networks - conversion & storage, Transport and embedded energy systems & Energy-efficient buildings.
  • Electrical engineering by training, Thermo-Mechanical for energy (mechanical and design department), Masters in electrical energy
  • 2 educational platforms: Electromagnetic compatibility, energy and land transport.

www.utbm.fr

 

 

 

ENSMM

THE NATIONAL ENGINEERING INSTITUTE IN MECHANICS AND MICROTECHNOLOGY

 

ENSMM, travail sur machineENSMM © J. Varlet

  • Training of engineers in 3 years
  • 900 students
  • 9 options  are available to third year students, including: Energy & Transport and Engineering innovation, mechatronics, materials and surfaces...
  • 1 masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Innovation​

www.ens2m.fr

 

 

UFC

 FRANCHE-COMTÉ UNIVERSITY

 

Université de Franche-ComtéChemistry © UFC

  • Professional engineering sciences degree courses:
    • Electrical engineering and energy
    • Energy and climate engineering, renewable energies
    • Maintenance and energy specialty
    • Masters in engineering sciences:
    • Thermal Engineering and Energy
    • Electrical energy

www.univ-fcomte.fr

 

 

 

 

 

Partnerships

Véhicules MobypostMobypost © ARDFC

By its capacity to facilitate effective development of renewable energy, to clean up and decarbonise energy uses today subjected to fossil fuels, hydrogen appears as a promising component of the energy transition​.

Spurred on by businesses, laboratories and communities, an authentic cluster is being created. The Franche-Comté welcomes and encourages talent, technology, projects and investments, to enable the development of new uses and to manufacture the hydrogen systems of tomorrow.

 

THE VEHICLE OF THE FUTURE CLUSTER
The Alsace/Franche-Comté vehicle of the Future cluster aims to invent solutions for vehicles and mobilities of the future in a sustainable development perspective. With FCellSys, it participated in the consortium "Hydrogen Mobility France", a French initiative in the continuity of "H2 Mobility" studies in Germany and Britain. The involvement of the cluster is one of the components of its performance contract.. 
www.vehiculedufutur.com

THE VALLÉE DE L'ÉNERGIE EXCELLENCE CLUSTER
Founded as an association in 2012 at the request of local industrialists, including EDF, General Electric and Alstom, the Vallée de l'Energie works on the structuring and promotion of the energy sector. In its hydrogen area its works include the production of hydrogen and its conversion into electricity for embedded applications and stationary uses such as aid stations.
www.vallee-energie.fr
 

THE COMPETITIVENESS CLUSTER​ PLASTIPOLIS
The Plastipolis cluster coordinates innovation projects using micro- and nanostructuring of polymers around four high technology areas: materials and compound, processes and tooling, composite materials, nanotechnology. In the hydrogen area Plastipolis works include the necessary polymer membrane fuel cells.
www.plastipolis.fr

 

THE WIND CLUSTER WIND4FUTURE
The objective of the cluster is to create synergies between wind energy companies in Burgundy and the Franche-Comté. By its actions, W4F promotes business development and collaborative projects in France and abroad as well as the referencing of member companies with major customers. It participates in enhancing professions and know-how, innovation, staff training needs. The cluster is interested in hydrogen as wind energy storage means.
www.windforfuture.com


APRISTHY: Hydrogen Storage Institute Interim Association 
Supported by the Greater Dole area and associated with numerous partners, the APRISTHY project brings together industrialists (SMEs and large groups), organisations and agencies working in the field of hydrogen and communities. It aims to become the French centre of certification and qualification of storage systems, to unite hydrogen projects in the territory, to be a training and R&D centre for anticipating developments in the hydrogen sector.

 

FCellSYS
This structure aims to facilitate and accelerate the development of an industrial sector based on commercial applications in connection with industrialists and public authorities.