HDF Energy inaugurates 1MW+ hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing plant

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  • HDF Energy (Hydrogène de France) is proud to announce the inauguration of the world’s first plant to manufacture 1MW+ fuel cells.
  • The industrial site is dedicated to the decarbonization of heavy maritime and rail mobility, as well as the production of electricity for public power grids.
  • With 80% of its production destined for export, the factory is also stimulating the local economy by creating jobs, thereby contributing to the reindustrialization and industrial sovereignty of Europe.

The plant was inaugurated on Thursday 30th May 2024 in Blanquefort (near Bordeaux, France) by Damien Havard, CEO and founder of HDF Energy, and Hanane El Hamraoui, Deputy CEO and VP Industry, in the presence of local public authorities.

HDF Energy has set up its 7,000 m² plant on the site of Ford’s former gearbox manufacturing plant in Blanquefort, near Bordeaux (France).

HDF Energy’s factory is part of the ‘HDF Industry’ project, a wide-ranging investment plan over several years aimed at developing and industrialising multi-megawatt fuel cells. To meet efficiency, durability and cost requirements, HDF Energy plans to launch successive R&D and industrialisation programs for several product ranges from 1 to 10 MW.

From this summer, the plant will finalise its industrial process. In 2025, it will start the pre-production phase and the fuel cell test platform. Industrialisation will begin in 2026, with the aim of producing 1 GW per year by 2030.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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