Alstom has acquired France’ Helion Hydrogen Power today (1st April) from Areva Energies Renouvelables, H2 Bulletin reports. The newly acquired company is now named Alstom Hydrogène Sas.
Helion specialises in high power fuel cells, which will complement Alstom’s expertise in hydrogen technology. Alstom believes that the acquisition will extend its portfolio of innovative, competitive solutions and pursue its ‘Alstom in Motion’ strategic plan.
The acquisition will also help Alstom strengthen its technological footprint in France and its local presence in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and its current sites in Aix-en-Provence and Vitrolles. Helion Hydrogen Power employs nearly 30 experienced, multidisciplinary staff at its site in Aix-en-Provence.
Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France, said, “Alstom will focus on developing the full potential of the innovative technology and expertise of this promising company. This transaction is in line with Alstom’s strategy to extend and enhance its expertise in sustainable, intelligent mobility.”
Helion covers the entire value chain of high-power fuel cells from design and development to manufacturing and engineering support and customer training. Its current focus is mainly on the energy and transport markets. It has been involved in over 100 projects, and around 30 of its solutions are in operation globally.
Based on its proprietary stack designs, it has developed optimised fuel cell (FC) modules for clean power generation. Helion has commercialised its fuel cell modules scalable from 5 to 100 kW nominal power and suitable for various energy and transport applications. It also designed and manufactured fuel cell modules for rail and marine applications, which can be used for both auxiliary and propulsion power.