National Hydrogen Council: 1st Meeting and 1st Assessment

The National Hydrogen Council held its first meeting on Thursday, February 25, a month and a half after its creation. The Ministers of Ecological Transition, Economy and Industry have made a first assessment of the national strategy for the development of low-carbon hydrogen. Review of the CNH meeting.

The National Hydrogen Council wants to strengthen French skills

Mastering key technologies to ensure sovereignty

The National Hydrogen Council (CNH) met for the first time on Thursday, February 25 in Albi, at the SAFRA company premises. This was a month and a half after its creation on January 11.

Many points were discussed, including the mapping of key technologies. An analysis discussed during the meeting shows that France masters or will master all the critical technologies necessary for a sovereign development of the hydrogen sector. This will allow a rapid transition to industrial scale.

Priority themes have been identified for further work. In this sense, projects have been initiated to develop French technologies, equipment and software. Thus to strengthen the national value chain on hydrogen.

Develop training courses to train French personnel

The dynamics of the hydrogen industry brings important job opportunities, notes the Council. However, out of 75 jobs identified by France Hydrogène, about fifteen already appear to be in tension. To remedy this, initiatives in the field of professional training were mentioned.

The Symbio Hydrogen Academy will aim to train 300 people per year in the hydrogen industry in the Lyon region. In the same way, the Air Liquide Group supports initiatives such as the “H2 Academy”. The objective of the latter is to train BTS students in hydrogen technologies.

Meeting the ambitions of the national strategy through investment

Developing a strong industrial dynamic in France

The CNH notes a strong industrial dynamic in France. In this sense, 27 R&D and hydrogen technology integration projects have already been supported. Investments are accordingly: EUR 212 million. In addition, there is €37 million in public support. But also, €60 million in support for the aeronautics industry within the framework of the Council for Civil Aeronautics Research (CORAC).

In addition, financial support will help 4 regions to acquire 14 hydrogen trains representing a total investment of €300 million.

In all, thehe national strategy provides for an investment of EUR 7 billion by 2030. Of these billions, 2 are planned from 2022 within the framework of the France relance program.

French projects could also benefit from support within the framework of the important project of common economic interest (PIIEC) on hydrogen currently under construction at European level. The total amount of aid would be around €8 billion.

Becoming a world leader in hydrogen

The CNH and the national strategy for the development of low-carbon hydrogen both reflect France’s desire to position itself as a key country for the hydrogen economy and development.

According to a comparative analysis of international hydrogen strategies, France is among the most advanced countries in their strategy. Germany is next in Europe, and China, Korea and Japan in Asia.

As part of this development, the CNH will meet regularly to ensure that the hydrogen strategy is being implemented. The next meeting will focus on regulatory issues in the hydrogen field. But also projects around key technologies that are lacking in the French sector. Support mechanisms for renewable hydrogen production will also be discussed. Again, the question of transport and distribution infrastructures.

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