Total and ENGIE partner to develop France's largest site for the production of green hydrogen

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January 12, 2021

ENGIE and Total have joined hands and signed a cooperation agreement to design, develop, build and operate France's largest renewable hydrogen production site in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur South region. The project, named Masshylia will be used to power the La Mède biorefinery of Total.

The Masshylia project involves a 40 MW electrolyser, powered by solar farms with a total capacity of more than 100 MW. The electrolyser will be able to produce 5 tonnes of green hydrogen per day to meet the needs of the biofuel production process at Total's La Mède biorefinery, avoiding 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Innovative decarbonisation solutions based on hydrogen


The Masshylia project will make use of innovative solutions to ensure the biorefinery's need for continuous hydrogen supply. Accordingly, the real-time solar electricity will be automatically managed, multiple solar farms powering the electrolyser will be integrated to minimise the loss of energy and reduce grid congestion, excess solar power will be converted to hydrogen and stored to reduce the intermittency of renewable energy production and additional industrial safety measures will be implemented. 

In this light, the Masshylia project marks an innovate step towards green hydrogen production and distribution for industrial usage in the region and France itself. The large amount of CO2 reduction made possible by this project has generated a lot of support among local institutions and organisations. Furthermore, new renewable farms may be developed by the partners for the electrolyser, which has the capacity to produce up to 15 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

The Masshylia projects matches EU-level decarbonisation efforts

 According to Total and ENGIE, their innovative and sustainable ambitions are the drivers behind this project. It demonstrates their commitment to the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables & Power at Total said "we believe in the future of renewable hydrogen, and we are working with our partner ENGIE to make it happen. This renewable hydrogen production facility, combined with our expertise in solar energy, is a further step in our commitment to get to net zero by 2050..”. As such, it fits in neatly with the in 2019 presented European Green Deal by Commission Von der Leyen, whereby the EU has asserted its ambition to become climate neutral by 2050. 

Construction of the facilities wil take off in 2022. 

For more information see the full press release here.