The Occitania Region and Engie Cofely officially signed the HyPort agreement which formally kicks off the HyPort project. Engie Cofelly (51%) and Cogemip/MPEI (Occitania Region investment arm for renewable projects) will be the stakeholders of HyPort SAS which will deploy electrolysers, hydrogen refueling stations, and first fleet of vehicles ons several strategic locations around Toulouse and Tarbes, notably the international airport of Toulouse Blagnac and the national airport of Tarbes Lourds Pyrénéees.
Seiya Consulting, in partnership with Tractebel Engineering (Engie Group) have started in september a six months in-depth economic and technical study that will prepare the deployment of this huge and strategic project focusing on hydrogen ecosystems for airports. Infrastructure and vehicles represent a 15 M€ investment plan. 47 enterprises, universities and local authorities support the project.
Beside the infrastructure equipments for producing and distributing hydrogen and the related mobility usages, HyPort will also serve the hydrogen needs required by Safran and its partners (Dassault Aviation notably) for an ambitious innovation project called PIPAA. This industrial program of 50 M€ aims notably at developing an hydrogen fuel cell generator that will produce electricity to power the electric active wheels of the Airbus A320. The idea is to release the aircraft from burning fuels to propel the plane on the tarmac (taxiing).
Furthermore, the PIPAA project also includes development of APU (Auxiliary Power units) for the Dassault Aviation Jets.