Hydrogen, the energy of tomorrow? The Moulin company firmly believes in it and wants to develop a heavy production and distribution development program in Monistrol-sur-Loire, supported by the Region and local communities.
It is a project worth 30 million euros but above all a model project that the Roger-Martin Group wants to develop, which bought the Moulin company in 2020. The Moulin Energie site in the Chavanon area uses wood as energy. And on this site, the entrepreneur intends to develop the production of hydrogen.
The future flagship of the Roger-Martin Group
Still using biomass from wood, the idea is to transform energy into hydrogen, after drying and the technique of cogeneration. “Hydrogen will be the flagship of the group in the field of energy”, assures Vincent Martin, CEO and 4th generation of the family business based in Côte-d’Or and created by Eugène, his great-grandfather, and which bears the name of Roger, his grandfather.
Also produce electricity and supply a heating network
The Roger-Martin Group intends to produce green hydrogen, that is to say from renewable energy. The overall project must make it possible to use everything, to recycle everything. The hydrigen could lead to a distributor in Monistrol, to electricity production sold to EDF to supply the entire Chavanon area, and to available heat for the Mazel area, for example with the Capitelle, the swimming pool, the high school, gymnasiums, through municipal or inter-municipal intervention.
Equip all school buses with hydrogen?
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region intends to provide support around drying and cogeneration and the distribution station. “It is a model project. Hydrogen is the energy of tomorrow. Here it is green, it’s not like in Germany where we burn coal to manufacture it. We can make this project a national showcase. We could change all school buses with retrofitting so that they run on hydrogen. The interest is also to extend their lifespan “, develops Laurent Wauquiez, president of the Region.
The project schedule
The first half of 2022 should make it possible to finalize the concept and the economic model of this public-private partnership. A timetable of two to three years is given to achieve this.