Horizon Hydrogen Energy

The goal of the Horizon Hydrogen Energy (H2E) Program is to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable and competitive hydrogen energy sector in France and in Europe. The objectives of the developments in the areas of technology and standards span every link in the sector’s value chain, in particular:

  • The decentralized production of hydrogen using renewable energies
  • The transportation, storage, and distribution of high-pressure hydrogen
  • The industrialization of new types of fuel cells

The program includes early implementation with pioneering customers. These rollouts of pre-industrial systems generate feedback that is essential to achieving the goals of the Program.


Stationary solutions aim to provide electricity to facilities that are not connected to the power grid or that are located in areas where its reliability cannot be guaranteed. The Hydrogen Energy solution consists of providing electrical power with the help of a fuel cell, which itself runs on hydrogen.

Examples include electrical power supply for telecom facilities (located in mountainous regions in France, in India to mitigate network instability), or for traffic signals and the measurement of precipitation, as well as new economic areas developed at the behest of local governments, tourist areas, island regions, and industrial and technological sites such as those for gas and petroleum.

The Fuel Cell 's market for material handling vehicles is a reality.
In the North American market more than 4,200 forklift trucks running on hydrogen were deployed at the end of 2012.
The potential development of this market in Europe could be around 10,000 units by 2015.The vehicles running on hydrogen emit no greenhouse gases, offer productivity gains and are highly flexible. Hydrogen offers users a source of power that is reliable, profitable and environmentally friendly.

Hydrogen and renewable energies: a union that makes sense!

Hydrogen is defined as an energy vector produced by Renewable Energies (intermittent or otherwise)

  • for industrial sites that use this gas (decentralized hydrogen)
  • for transportation applications (supply to a pump or a gas station)
  • for natural gas networks

Hydrogen is defined as a regulator for electricity production by intermittent Renewable Energies (solar, wind)


Renewable energies coupling

The project that best represents coupling with renewable energies is the Myrte project, in which an electrolyzer and a fuel cell allow for the storage of energy produced by solar panels to support the...




For filling station networks, the advanced infrastructure (airports, logistics workshops, etc.), hydrogen will be both the fuel for the vehicles of to...



Air Liquide sets up a hydrogen station in the first all-hydrogen warehouse in Europe

Air Liquide supplies and operates a hydrogen station that recharges the on-site forklifts of Preloce...

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