Hydrogen: Atlantic France well represented at the HyVolution 2024 exhibition

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The new edition of the HyVolution trade show, (the largest international hydrogen exhibition), will be held in Paris between the 30th of January and the 1st of February 2024 and will see a dozen Atlantic France companies showcasing their work from the hydrogen sector. 

The Atlantic France region will be out in force at the hydrogen show HyVolution 2024. The region’s ambition is to become a benchmark for renewable hydrogen, which is why a dozen of its companies will be there to showcase the region’s innovations from this sector. 

A leading international event in the hydrogen sector

The first exhibition dedicated to hydrogen in 2016, Hyvolution is now the leading international event in the sector. Organised by GL Events in collaboration with France Hydrogène, Hyvolution brings together all the players in the hydrogen ecosystem from the production to the applications sectors, including services in the three key markets: transportation, energy, and industry. 

The 7th edition, which was held in 2023 in Paris, reunited 400 exhibitors and brands, including 88 international exhibitors from 20 countries, on 15,000 sqm of exhibition space. In 2024, over 500 exhibitors are expected to attend. Around fifteen companies from Atlantic France will be showcasing their work at the show. 

A plenary conference to highlight Atlantic France’s key role in Europe’s energy transition and green hydrogen supply

On the 31st of January, between 12:00 and 12:20 AM, we will hold a conference in Forum 1. The topic we will address is “Hydrogen in Atlantic France : bringing ocean energy to European industries”, with speakers from Lhyfe, Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port, and GRTgaz. 

Atlantic France has tremendous potential for producing renewable offshore energy and a long history of maritime activities. This unique combination is a key asset to developing green hydrogen production, as shown by the world-first Sealhyfe project or the port’s major decarbonisation initiative that was launched in 2023. 

By connecting with European gas transportation infrastructures, the region would become a masterpiece of the new European sustainable energy system that is currently under development. The power from the sea would help save the climate and succeed in the  European energy transition.

Companies at the forefront of the hydrogen industry in the region 

Atlantic France will have a regional stand where visitors will be able to talk to key actors from the region. 10 companies will be represented:

  • Artis: an industrial piping company specialising in the design, construction, and maintenance of gas networks.
  • Athena Recherche & Innovation: a developer of a biological hydrogen production process based on the fermentation of wastewater and waste to produce hydrogen for local consumption.
  • Atinéa: the cluster dedicated to new energies and sustainable mobility. The Vendée département, La Roche-sur-Yon Agglomeration, and Sydev are developing initiatives to ensure the energy transition is carried out successfully. This site illustrates the region’s ability to welcome new manufacturing facilities, especially for hydrogen components.
  • CIAM: the hydrogen brand of the Nantes-based group Europe Technologies is dedicated to the development of alternative hydrogen propulsion systems. It manufactures and integrates hydrogen-electric propulsion systems on board ships.
  • Energy Formation: with 50 years of experience in the gas sector, Energy Formation offers 250 training courses across its 3 sites. Thanks to its training course on the basics of hydrogen and its risks, the organisation has already helped 50 companies.
  • Farwind Energy: a supplier of wind energy, which designs, develops, markets, and operates solutions for the conversion, storage, and delivery of offshore wind energy.
  • Fétis: a producer of systems for decarbonising heavy machinery using hydrogen fuel cells. Fétis provides custom-designed engines, power transmission, and energy supply systems for off-highway mobility on land and at sea, as well as for power generators.
  • Kohler: the company has developed a range of power converters and bespoke energy management systems to connect renewable energy to the grid.
  • Manitou: the group designs, manufactures, and markets equipment and services for construction, agriculture, and industry. It has developed the first handling truck powered by hydrogen.
  • Neopolia: an industrial business network, created over 20 years ago by 12 business leaders looking for new markets and sources of diversification. It now comprises 240 members, industrial companies, VSEs, and SMEs.

Other companies based in the region will have their own stand, such as Lhyfe which has opened the first wind- and seawater-based hydrogen plant in the Vendée, and Equans, a Bouygues group company, which supports the hydrogen industry as an integrator and installer of production and distribution units.

Atlantic France, a European pioneer region in hydrogen

The region has decided to invest €100 million between now and 2030 to support the deployment of hydrogen, from production (offshore, large quantities, biomass) to distribution, right through to uses (land mobility, maritime/fluvial and port uses, as well as for rail, aeronautics, and industry). 

Atlantic France boasts a number of assets to support innovation in the hydrogen sector: a strong maritime base with the presence of the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire, committed industrial and academic players, clusters committed to hydrogen projects, and a dynamic network of startups.

Let’s meet at HyVolution 2024: join us at booths 4K40 & 4K32.
Contact us to plan a meeting.

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