A hydrogen fuel cell plant will be built in 2023 on the large industrial site of Blanquefort (Bordeaux) abandoned by Ford. The unit, which will cover approximately 3.5 hectares of more than 80 acres on site (many of which has yet to be cleared), will employ approximately 100 people to manufacture high-power fuel cells under license from Canada’s Ballard Power. The President of France Hydrogen (HDF Energy) made a system statement to AFP Damien Havard.
These batteries are designed to power high-capacity plants, from green or carbon-free hydrogen to renewable electricity that produces non-disruptible renewable electricity thanks to a storage system, plants developed and designed by HDF Energy in partnership with partners. HDF Energy is currently developing the CEOG (Centrale Electrique de l’Ouest Guyanais) power plant in French Guiana, which aims to become “the world’s first multi-megawatt hydrogen plant producing renewable, stable and competitive electricity”. 50 GWh.
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Expecting a turnover of 100 million in 2025, Mr. Havard says that HDF Energy, which employs only 25 people with a turnover of 2 million Euros, is profitable today. HDF has projects especially in Indonesia and Mexico. The Bordeaux plant represents an investment of 20 million euros.
To find the necessary funds for its costly development, the company has launched an IPO process at Euronext in Paris, which has just been approved by the Financial Markets Authority (AMF). Damien Havard currently owns 80% of the capital and plans to “hold a key role” at the end of the operation.
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Ford-Blanquefort, on which HDF will occupy a small portion of the former land, was a symbolic factory producing gearboxes in downtown Bordeaux since the 1970s and had up to 3,600 employees and 700 employees in 2019 just before Ford’s withdrawal. . and plant closure.
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