HyGen project launched with €7.5 MM to develop carbon-free mobility using liquid hydrogen

The HyGen project is led by three major experts: Fives, a global industrial engineering group, leader of the consortium, and two main research players, the CEA and the École des Mines de Saint-Etienne.

This research and development program aims to substantially increase the scale of the equipment necessary for the use of liquid hydrogen in favor of low-carbon mobility.

HyGen received funding of €3.4 MM from the French Government as part of the program France 2030 operated by ADEME and is thus fully part of the French national strategy to boost decarbonized hydrogen.

This project will contribute to the creation of 85 new jobs in the Grand-Est region where the Fives group has been established for more than 120 yr.

A technological leader in cryogenics for 65 yr, Fives, with more than 50 references in hydrogen liquefaction, is the partner of the world’s largest players in industrial gases.

Thanks to the alliance of the members of the consortium expertise, HyGen aims to:

  1. Remove technological barriers to scale-up liquefaction equipment and multiply existing capacities by ~10
  2. Strengthen the reliability of the equipment and secure their use
  3. Contribute to improving France’s competitiveness in hydrogen and to the creation of a strong sector around liquid hydrogen
  4. Meet the growing demand for hydrogen on the global market in favor of green mobility.

The hydrogen equipment are designed in Fives’ workshops in Golbey, in the Vosges, where the Group employs more than 370 people.

To support the growth of its hydrogen activity, Fives plans to recruit 85 new people by 2030 in its key professions (preliminary design, engineering, quality, welding, production, etc.). The HyGen project will also involve third-party stakeholders (subcontractors, suppliers) and thus boost the regional economic ecosystem.

“As a leader in hydrogen liquefaction equipment, we are proud, with the HyGen project, to participate in the growth of this sector in France. A pioneer in the decarbonization of industry, Fives aims, with its partners, to support the energy transition and the green mobility” declares Vincent Pourailly, President of the Business Line Energy | Cryogenics of Fives.


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