Bouygues Energies & Services and FM Logistic have entered into an exclusive deal to jointly manufacture and transport green hydrogen derived from renewable sources in France’s Loiret area.
They will invest in the development of an electrolyzer plant and a minimum of three hydrogen distribution stations near Orléans, the regional capital.
Additionally, they will seek to establish a network of green hydrogen users among local governments and businesses. For a period of ten years, Bouygues Energies & Services will design, build, and maintain the hydrogen production and refueling infrastructure.
The H2Hub Loiret initiative intends to establish a regional “ecology” of producers and users to assist in lowering the cost of green hydrogen and decarbonizing local transportation and logistics activities.
The electrolyser, when fully operational, will create up to 800 kg of green hydrogen per day. One section is intended for usage at FM Logistic warehouses around the Loiret region, specifically in Saint-Cyr-en-Val, Escrennes, and Neuville-aux-Bois. The remaining portion of the project will be sold to third parties.
Hydrogen can be utilized as a fuel source for hydrogen-powered forklifts, hydrogen-electric cabs, public transit buses, garbage trucks, and some industrial activities, as well as hydrogen fuel cell trucks when they become more generally available.
FM Logistic presently employs 52 hydrogen-powered forklift trucks at its Neuville-aux-Bois distribution center. By 2030, the corporation intends to be carbon neutral in its warehousing activities. It operates around 180 warehouses throughout the world, including 35 in France.