HDF Energy to assemble fuel cells in (ex-Ford) Blanquefort plant
Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) is settling on the grounds of the abandoned Ford Blanquefort plant in Bordeaux, France, to build high-power fuel cells for high-capacity hydrogen power plants.
The new company should start production in 2023, four years after Ford stopped its gearbox production and closed the plant.
The huge, 80 hectares assembly site in the French Bordeaux agglomeration was used to assemble gearboxes from the ’70s until Ford shut down production and closed the plant in 2019.
Fuel cells for green hydrogen power plants
In 2023, Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) is set to settle in the old Ford factory, with a fresh assembly line occupying around 3,5 hectares. The French company will build high-power fuel cells under license from Canadian Ballard Power System.
These fuel cells will be used in high-capacity power plants using green or decarbonized hydrogen. Currently, HDF Energy is developing the CEOG (Centrale électrique de l’Ouest guyanais) plant in French Guiana.
According to CEO Damien Havard, it’s the first multi-megawatt hydrogen power plant in the world producing renewable, stable, and competitive electricity. HDF Energy is also developing projects of hydrogen power plants in Indonesia and Mexico.
HDF Energy has invested around € 20 million in its new Bordeaux assembly line. While it only employs around 25 people currently, for a turnover of two million euros, the young French fuel cell specialist hopes to reach 100 million by 2025.