McPhy has signed a contract with Eiffage Énergie Systèmes – Clemessy (a subsidiary of the Eiffage Group) to equip a hydrogen production and distribution site operated by Hynamics (hydrogen subsidiary of the EDF Group) in Danjoutin, in the south of Belfort, France.
Equipped with an electrolyser and a station, the site will initially be used to fuel low-carbon hydrogen to a fleet of seven buses operated by the RTTB (Régie des Transports du Territoire de Belfort) on behalf of the SMTC (Syndicat Mixte des Transports en Commun) on the urban transport network Optymo. Commissioning is expected in spring 2023.
Under the contract, McPhy will deliver the equipment for the installation, consisting of a 1 MW McLyzer electrolyser to power a McFilling 350 refuelling station able to distribute up to 800 kg/day of hydrogen at 350 bar at full capacity. The station will offer two Hi-Flow terminals to fuel all seven buses in one hour.
The station will also offer a third terminal adapted to filling mobile storage units (tube trailers). This filling module supports low-carbon hydrogen to supply industrial uses remotely from the production site. The station is modular and configured to evolve with the growth of a project expected to go beyond this first stage.
The McPhy-equipped station is scalable and designed to support the growth of the Optymo network’s hydrogen bus fleet, which could be expanded to 20 additional buses by 2025, in addition to the seven initially planned. The station will also supply all other forms of mobility at 350 bar, such as utility vehicles, garbage trucks or heavy goods vehicles circulating in the area.