Margaux Fodéré, edited by Romain Rouillard 8:07 p.m., September 28, 2022

In the midst of an ecological and energy crisis, France intends to become one of the world leaders in carbon-free hydrogen.

This resource has the definite advantage of emitting no greenhouse gases.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne announced a list of ten factories that will be supported by the state. 

France wants to take the lead on hydrogen.

Rejecting only water vapour, this resource may prove to be relevant from an ecological point of view, while France is also going through an energy crisis.

This Wednesday, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne announced the launch of ten factories that will receive state funding, to the tune of 2.1 billion euros. 

To this must be added the participation of the private actors concerned, which amounts to 3.2 million euros.

"We will be able to build the first ten French gigafactories. These new factories will be located in seven regions and will create nearly 5,200 direct jobs in the territory. They will target the production of electrolysers, hydrogen tanks, fuel cells, vehicles, hydrogen trains and materials", specifies the head of government. 

An envelope of 9 billion euros for hydrogen

Among these ten projects, there is the construction of a hydrogen tank plant.

A project led by the company Plastic Omnium, whose Prime Minister visited the site this Wednesday morning.

74 million euros of public money will be devoted to it, explains Laurent Favre, the general manager of this company. 



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“We are going to build a factory, the largest in Europe, for the storage of hydrogen, for mobility. We are talking about heavy mobility, we are talking about utility vehicles for Renault, for Stellantis, for Opium which is a French champion hydrogen. By 2025, this plant in the Oise will employ a total of 200 employees".

Emmanuel Macron has made hydrogen one of the five strategic sectors in the France 2030 plan, with an envelope of 9 billion euros, including the 2.1 announced today.