Hydrogen Firm Symbio to Invest EUR 1 Bn in Fuel Cell Production in France

Oct 12, 2022 06:21 PM ET
  • Symbio's HyMotive will certainly accelerate the industrialization and mass-production of its current generation fuel cell systems in its gigafactory in Saint-Fons.
  • HyMotive will certainly establish and industrialize a new generation of innovative fuel cell systems, built on turbulent modern technology to improve StackPack performance of Symbio while drastically reducing system cost.

Faurecia and also Michelin joint venture, Symbio, has announced the international scale of its HyMotive project that is to entail a total investment of EUR 1 billion in fuel cell production across France via 2028. The official declaration of Symbio held that HyMotive will multiply Symbio's capabilities in two phases.

Symbio is an international hydrogen fuel cell technology companion to OEMs and lasting mobility

choice makers, with knowledge as well as focus on setting automobile production criteria. The HyMotive project is funded by the European Union and also the French federal government.

Symbio mentioned that in its first phase, Hymotive will certainly accelerate the automation and mass-production of its present generation fuel cell systems in its gigafactory under construction in Saint-Fons. Called SymphonHy, this plant will be one of the biggest fuel cell system production sites in Europe, with an overall production capacity of 50,000 systems per year. Its manufacturing is to begin in the second term of 2023 to support its customers, and a lot more especially Stellantis in its front-runner passion to produce approximately 10,000 hydrogen vehicles by 2024, in line with its strategic plan Risk Forward 2030.

The site will certainly house the Group's head office, R&D center, Symbio's Hydrogen Academy, and also a start-up incubator centered around zeroemission hydrogen options.

Symbio stated that in its 2nd phase, Hymotive will develop as well as industrialize a new generation of ingenious fuel cell systems, built on disruptive technology to boost StackPack efficiency of Symbio while drastically decreasing device cost. With this added Gigafactory, Symbio's manufacturing ability in France will reach 100,000 StackPacks each year by 2028. Hymotive will develop 1,000 added jobs throughout the period of the project.

Joining together sector & Academics for Hydrogen Mobility

Symbio educated that the HyMotive project will certainly be established with partnerships with 25 firms and also scholastic institutions spread out throughout 6 European nations. It will certainly advertise as well as accelerate sustainable mobility.

Symbio is already protecting the supply of green hydrogen in Saint-Fons via numerous contracts. Elogen will certainly make a PEM electrolyser for on-site manufacturing of 1 ton of low-carbon hydrogen each day by end 2023. Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR) as well as ENGIE are expected to provide Symbio with hydrogen originating from CNR's Pierre-Bénite hydroelectric power plant. Finally, Innoplate, its joint venture with Schaeffler for the automation of bipolar plates (BPP), a critical component of fuel cells, works start October.

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