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New study to assess hydrogen economy role in France

France-a country probably known for its dependence on nuclear power-could benefit from the use of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell systems, to boost the uptake of electric powered car and strengthen the renewable energy sector, according to a new public and industry consortium.

Hydrogen fuel cell cars-like this Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell-could be good news for the French economy

The twenty partners behind the new “Mobility Hydrogen France" consortium have joined forces to produce a deployment plan on how best to develop a private and public hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in France, between 2015-2030.

Following the launch of the new UKH2 Mobility, the new French equivalent is supported by many of the same industry partners including Intelligent Energy, Air Liquide and ITM Power. Brought together by the French Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (AFHYPaC) and supported by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, the new consortium will assess how best to support the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell cars and hydrogen refuelling stations, to emphasise the benefits of a hydrogen economy for the country. The results are expected to be published later this year.

Like the H2 Mobility projects in Germany and Great Britain, amongst others, the new French project is co-funded by the stakeholders themselves and the European Union within the HIT (Hydrogen for Transport Infrastructure) project.

As well as being used as a fuel for fuel cell cars, hydrogen could be used for energy storage for intermittent, clean sources of electricity such as wind and solar, making them more competitive with traditional energy sources such as coal and natural gas.

The UKH2Mobility project recently published its Phase 1 report which suggested that more than one and a half million hydrogen-fuelled vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030, with the right Government and industry support.

The first hydrogen fuelled cars are expected to arrive on European roads from late 2014, with carmakers including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Toyota, planning to be among the first to release such cars.

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Faye Sunderland

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