Total and Engie to build 40 MW electrolyzer for hydrogen
In a joint press release, French petroleum group Total and French energy provider Engie have announced the launch of the Masshylia project for hydrogen production from renewable electricity. A new 40 MW electrolyzer will be built on Total’s biorefinery in La Mède, France. Fed by green electricity from solar panels will produce up to five tons of green hydrogen a day.
Interest in green hydrogen is growing, also for the production of biofuels. So much so that oil giants, such as Total, are putting their money where their mounts are. With French energy supplier Engie, the French petroleum company is launching the €100 000 million ‘Masshylia project’.
40 MW capacity
That new name was chosen for the production of ‘green hydrogen’, or, in other words, hydrogen that is produced from renewable energy sources. The two major actors in energy are set to build a 40 MW electrolyzer on Total’s La Mède biorefinery, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, France.
With a capacity of 500 000 tons of biodiesel and the so-called ‘biojet’ for aviation, today, Total’s biorefinery is already one of the largest in Europe, aiming to meet the growing demand for biofuels.
Provided with renewable electricity from a 100 MW park of solar panels, the electrolyzer will churn out five tons of green hydrogen per day. This will meet the biofuel production process’s needs, avoiding 15 000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Up to 15 tons a day
While Total and Engie are allocating more than 100 000 million euros to the project, both stress that subventions are needed for its fruition, green hydrogen is currently three times more expensive to produce than fossil-fuel-based hydrogen.
Both actors count on Europe’s Green Deal and France’s restart plan, including seven billion euros for hydrogen by 2030. With subventions, Masshylia should grow, and Engie hopes it becomes a hub for green hydrogen, with production ramping up to 15 tons a day. Both actors are planning construction to start in 2022, with green hydrogen production beginning in 2024.