France accelerates production of sustainable biofuels


The HYNOVERA project aims to develop a global ecosystem for production of biofuels from 100 per cent renewable energy.

The new plant in France will produce hydrogen and other biofuels such as green ammonia, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and eMethanol. These are produced from biomass synthesis gas obtained in a pyro-gasification plant and green hydrogen from an electrolyser powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity.

A state-of-the-art plant is being built for the industrial production of SAF in Meyreuil in the south of France, near Aix-en-Provence. Initially, 500 tonnes of biomass are processed there every day, all of which comes from forestry in the immediate vicinity. Hy2gen produces about 20,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually and makes it available for fuel synthesis. Thus, 60,000 litres of climate-neutral aviation fuel of the highest quality are produced daily on an industrial scale.

“HYNOVERA will provide proof that we are able to implement and scale the production of green fuels with green hydrogen according to local conditions and demand,“ says Cyril Dufau-Sansot, CEO of Hy2gen AG. “Because being able to adapt production to demand on an industrial scale is the key success factor for the acceptance of e-fuels. Only in this way can we reduce production costs to a level that is in line with the market.”

Hy2en is investing 460 million euros as the main investor in the implementation of the HYNOVERA biofuels project. As owner and operator, the global company will realise a plant for the production of CO2-neutral fuels on an industrial scale together with its partner GazelEnergie.

The medium-term goal is to supply air and sea transport in southern France with low-carbon fuels.

Hy2gen’s long-term goal is to make a decisive contribution to the development of a sustainable infrastructure for the production of green hydrogen and other climate-neutral fuels with HYNOVERA projects in Europe.

This is because the demand for SAF for aviation and green ammonia for maritime shipping will increase significantly in the coming years. It does not matter whether these fuels are seen as a transitional technology or as a long-term solution to reduce CO2 emissions. Aviation, like maritime shipping, is part of the European Green Deal 2050 and must contribute to the goal of reducing transport sector emissions by 90 percent by 2050 compared to 1990.

Hy2gen AG, based in Wiesbaden, Germany, develops, finances, builds and operates plants for the production of green hydrogen and hydrogen-based e-fuels worldwide. These products are used to realise CO2-free or CO2-neutral fuels and industrial solutions. The first plants are being built in France, Norway, Canada and Germany. Additional sites in Morocco and South Africa are in preparation. The project pipeline of the company already amounts to a total volume of more than 11 gigawatts of electrolyser capacity with an annual production capacity of more than 1.5 million tonnes of CO2-free hydrogen from renewable energies.

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