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IPHE Country Update: October 2016

Name: Laurent ANTONI, Bernard FROIS
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Covered Period: December 2015 - October 2016

New Policy Initiatives on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (Read more)

French Government multiannual energy program – “The objective of the electro-mobility development for passenger cars and utility vehicles of at least 1 ton is to have 2,400,000 electrical and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2023”. Several incentives in the domain of sustainable mobility have been developed.

Launch of a French-German initiative for the electric and digital mobility: Both Countries agree to cooperate on the integration of the renewable energies in transport, and the promotion of electrical vehicles. They will also work on the emergence of a corridor of interoperable recharging points connecting Germany, France and the Iberia peninsula.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Update (Read more)   

“PEMFC lifetime prediction by a full multi-scale modelling approach”, Mathias Gérard (CEA) et al. PRIME 2016 ECS PEFC16, October 2-7, 2016.

“Oxygen Reduction Reaction at Binary and Ternary Nanocatalysts Based on Pt, Ni and Au”, S. Lankiang, S. Baranton, C. Coutanceau (Université de Poitiers, IC2MP, UMR CNRS 7285), J. Berndt, A. Caillard, P. Brault (Université d'Orléans, GREMI, UMR CNRS 7344), PRIME 2016 ECS PEFC16, October 2-7, 2016.

“Up-Scaling the Pt Hollow Nanoparticle Materials: From the Laboratory Synthesis up to Large PEMFC Cell Integration”, F. Micoud, M. Heitzmann, C. Nayoze-Coynel, T. Gutel, L. Guetaz (CEA), R. Chattot, T. Asset, L. Dubau, F. Maillard (Grenoble Alpes University ; CNRS ; LEPMI). PRIME 2016 ECS PEFC16, October 2-7, 2016.

Demonstration and Deployments 2016 Update (Read more)

The first Toyota Mirai in France was delivered on September 9, 2016 to Air Liquide


Inauguration of the first manufacturing factory of PEM electrolysers in France, in Les Ulis (Ile de France).

ENGIE joins Michelin and Symbio FCell

ENGIE joins Michelin in investing in Symbio FCell to accelerate the development of hydrogen mobility solutions.

Forklifts in Carrefour Group new distribution centre

Carrefour Group, the second-largest retailer in the world, will purchase more than 150 fuel cell units (GenDrive), to be deployed in STILL-brand class-2 and class-3 electric lift trucks at Carrefour's brand new distribution center located in Vendin-lès-Béthune, France.

HYPE Taxi Fleet

Eight FCEV’s taxis are driving in Paris which is expected increase to 70 taxis during 2016-2017. More than 230,000 kms have been driven as of the end of September.


55 new bicycles with electric assistance, propelled by fuel cells, and 6 Hydrogen filling stations have been sold since April by Atawey and Pragma Industries.

Clean hydrogen bicycles for urban areas

A world record has been established by CETUP during the Electromobility Days in Grenoble September 23 for the longest drive with a Kangoo ZE H2 equipped with 22 kWh of batteries and 1.8 kg of H2: 367 km.

Hydrogen Ship “ENERGY OBSERVER”, presented to the public before a world tour of 6 years

Energy Observer is a ship that aims at energy autonomy without greenhouse gas emission, thanks to an embedded hydrogen production/storage/conversion. The boat is developed in Saint-Malo by Energy Observer and CEA with the support of Accor Group and Thelem Insurance.

Events and Solicitations (Read more)

  • Energy storage technologies by power to fuels and chemicals event, December 5-6, 2016, Grenoble
  • AFHYPAC General Assembly, Paris, December 14, 2016
  • European Fuel Cell Car Workshop 2017 (EFCW2017,, Orléans, March 1-3, 2017

Investments: Government and Collaborative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Funding (Read more)  

Call for proposal IPME (Initiative for SMEs) on energy storage and conversion including hydrogen and fuel cells Closure February 20, 2017. 174 projects have been funded since 2015, all sectors together for 32 M€ of grants.

Call for proposal on “hydrogen in the territories” launched May 4, 2016 and ended September 30, 2016. 30 territories have sent proposals for about 100 projects. Selection process is ongoing.


Ministry of Research and New Technology
Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industry
French Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association (AFHYPAC)
Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea

Member Statements

Member Statements (Read more) - Last updated October 2016