Akuo Energy, a French IPP in renewable energy, and Atawey, French manufacturer of decentralised hydrogen refuelling stations, are to deploy 33 refuelling stations in urban and suburban areas of Paris and other French towns and cities, before expanding the project across Europe.
These stations will provide fuel for 400 hydrogen-powered vehicles for JCDecaux, a world leader in outdoor advertising and in street furniture, Galeries Lafayette group, which supplies its Paris stores from its warehouses in the Paris region, and other pioneers in zero-emission urban mobility.
In February 2017, the European Commission, via its Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA, the agency in charge of European transport networks), launched the “CEF Transport Blending MAP Call” to finance innovative and sustainable projects to modernise European transport infrastructures. This call for proposals is in line with the European Commission’s intention of providing its citizens with sustainable mobility solutions and its 2050 decarbonisation strategy.
Akuo Energy (project coordinator) and its partners Atawey, JCDecaux and Galeries Lafayette have been selected in the “Innovation” category with Last Mile, a project enabling the wide-scale deployment of a network of green, compact and decentralised hydrogen refuelling stations. In this respect, they will benefit from a European Union subsidy of €7 million.
A wide-scale deployment fuelled by green electricity
The massive adoption of hydrogen solutions by towns and cities wishing to adopt increasingly ambitious policies to reduce air pollution requires the development of a decentralised refuelling infrastructure enabling a comprehensive network to be established. The Last Mile project meets this challenge with a wide-scale deployment fuelled by green electricity supplied by Akuo Energy, guaranteeing an affordable and stable hydrogen price. More than 400 hydrogen-powered vehicles will enable 1,182 tonnes of CO2 to be avoided per year. Thus, over a 15-year project life cycle, the reduction in CO2 emissions will be almost 35,500 tonnes.