HYVIA introduces its first electrolyzer in its plant in Flins, France

HYVIA, the joint venture between Renault Group and Plug (aka Plug Power), dedicated to hydrogen mobility, has just installed its first electrolyzer in its Flins plant, in the Ile-de-France region. This 1 MW electrolyzer has a capacity of 400 kg/day of green hydrogen production, which is the equivalent of 20,000 km of commercial hydrogen mobility. It will initially supply the plant in order to test the fuel cells of the Renault Master H2-TECH vehicles marketed by HYVIA as well as the hydrogen refueling stations. This electrolyzer marks a major step in the deployment of HYVIA’s unique and complete ecosystem for H2 mobility.

Commenting on the next phase of the project development, David Holderbach, CEO HYVIA, said: ”One year after the inauguration of our plant, we are installing our first electrolyzer which uses the technology of our shareholder Plug, world leader in hydrogen solutions. At the same time, our Renault Master Van H2-TECH are on the road, backed by the expertise of our shareholder Renault Group, a major player in the automotive industry, particularly in commercial vehicles. This step illustrates the strength of the hydrogen ecosystem proposed by HYVIA.”

“With this first electrolyzer, the plant will produce 400 kg of hydrogen per day, which will enable us to test more than 1,000 fuel cells per year. This is a major industrial and human challenge, made possible by the strength of our collaboration with Plug and Renault Group. As such, our electrolyzer is part of the development of skills that HYVIA brings to the Renault Group Refactory in Flins, dedicated to the circular economy,” added Olivier Cormier, SVP Manufacturing & Supply Chain Director HYVIA

After the installation of several PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzers in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Portugal, Plug delivered its first electrolyzer to HYVIA on April 5, 2023. With a power of 1 MW, the electrolyzer will produce 400 kg of green hydrogen per day. As the world leader in hydrogen solutions, Plug has also deployed more than 60,000 fuel cell systems, designed and built 185 refueling stations that distribute more than 70 tons of hydrogen per day.

PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolysis is a method of producing green hydrogen through the electrolysis of water (H2O) by separating hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O) with low carbon electricity.

Based in France, HYVIA has been developing since its creation in June 2021, a unique and complete ecosystem dedicated to hydrogen mobility for professionals. It includes a range of H2 light commercial vehicles (a van, a chassis cab and a minibus), H2 refuelling stations, H2 supply as well as financing and maintenance solutions for our customers.