Three questions for Anne-Sophie Cochelin, Ecological Transition Director for the PACA region of the EDF group, one of the premium partners of the next edition of the Energy for Smart Mobility Forum, on October 6 & 7.
E4SM : What are EDF’s priorities in terms of sustainable mobility for the coming months?
Anne-Sophie Cochelin : As a reminder, EDF’s raison d’être is to build a CO₂-neutral energy future, reconciling the preservation of the planet, well-being and development, thanks to its low-carbon electricity and its innovative solutions and services. In terms of sustainable mobility, we have several priorities. First, accelerate the development of electric mobility with the group’s Electric Mobility Plan and, to do this, achieve 3 strategic objectives in 4 core target countries in Europe (France; United Kingdom; Belgium; Italy): to be the leading supplier in electricity for electric vehicles, deploy more than 150,000 charging points by 2023 and by this same deadline operate more than 10,000 intelligent charging points.
Then, thanks to our subsidiary Izivia, to offer the electric recharging solution adapted to the needs of our customers, whether these needs are expressed in an urban or rural environment, at home or at work, for local recharging (on public roads) or roaming (major highways). And this with recharging powers and technologies adapted to each need, from the simplest to the most intelligent recharging, from the Wall Box to the V2G terminal.
Another priority, this time with our Hynamics subsidiary, is to network the regions with stations for the production and distribution of low-carbon and renewable hydrogen for heavy mobility (trains, buses, waste disposal vehicles, utility vehicles and river transport), by offering our customers turnkey solutions ranging from the design of facilities to operation and maintenance, including construction. We are therefore going to invest € 220 million in France and Germany by 2023. We currently have around thirty projects developed in France and Europe and aim for 30% of the European hydrogen market by 2030.
Finally, we will continue to co-build with our partners (car manufacturers, local authorities, VTC, rental companies, real estate professionals, etc.) the development of low-carbon mobility and thus support the recovery plan in all regions.
E4SM : Could you walk us through some innovative projects in development?
Anne-Sophie Cochelin : We are of course leading many regional projects to contribute to the recovery plan for the regions. I will name three of them. First, the EV100 Project: an ambitious international program in which EDF is involved, in order to convert 100% of its fleet of light EVs to electric (ie nearly 30,000 vehicles in France). As of December 31, 2020, 12.2% of the fleet is electrified with a target of around 30% in 2023.
Then, the AUXR_H2 Project with the commissioning, from the second half of 2021, of the Auxerre renewable hydrogen station, with a power of 1 MW, which will supply 5 buses from the Leo network (Transdev), light commercial vehicles and trucks. The project should prevent the emission of 2,200 tonnes of CO2 each year. To respond to the development of new uses, the objective for 2024 is to extend both the station’s production capacities (from 1 to 3 MW) and reception capacities, while strengthening their multimodal character, in order to support the emergence of all uses of hydrogen. This station thus participates more widely in the creation of a large-scale ecosystem conducive to the emergence of new hydrogen decarbonisation projects.
Finally, in Germany, as part of the Westküste100 Project, we are building in Hemmingstedt, near Heide, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, a 30 MW electrolyser, one of the largest in Europe to date. Powered by wind farms in the North Sea, it will be installed and then operated by a joint venture by the Heide refinery, Ørsted and Hynamics. A 700 MW extension project is under study with the aim of decarbonizing a nearby cement site.
E4SM : What do you expect from the next Energy for Smart Mobility Forum?
Anne-Sophie Cochelin : We want it to allow the various players in electric mobility to meet because EDF has one conviction: the development of mobility will go through the federation of players (car industry, low-carbon energy companies, EV users, transport professionals. real estate, communities…). And the forum is also at the heart of the development of the hydrogen sector, which involves the emergence of new uses to reach an industrial scale, reduce costs and, thus, initiate a virtuous circle that will make it possible to decarbonise the mob on a sustainable basis.