It consists also in giving priority to design, build and maintain production projects, with a capacity ranging from 1MW to 5MW to gain experience for larger scale projects on later stage. First customer segments : are industry and mobility with probably later energy networks. "We focus on small-scale projects, but this is a deliberate choice. There are less risks, we can execute quicker, we are directly linked to the end user, there are fewer players around the table, which makes these projects less complex to manage. And we will learn more from twenty times 2.5 MW contracts than from one 50 MW contract," explains Erik Groen. The aim is to win contracts of this type within 18 months, in at least three countries.
As many other player in this new business, EQUANS is just starting but already has some interesting projects to share. In France, ERAS and AXIMA, two of the group's entities, is subcontractor of the HYFLEXPOWER consortium. The project is about the development and testing of a hydrogen turbine powered by renewable hydrogen in a recycled paper production unit. EQUANS (ERAS and AXIMA) are responsible for the engineering and the mechanical and piping part of the project.
In the UK, EQUANS is part of the consortium Net Zero North West. It has published on April 12th a new report that outlines how it will deliver on its aim to be the UKs first net zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040. Industry in the North West produces 16.7 million tonnes of CO2 every year. Hydrogen will play a central role in the region’s decarbonisation strategy, providing low carbon power and enabling fuel switching for industry.
The insights of the Hydroflex project and the Net Zero North West project will be shared on stage during Hyvolution. In the Netherlands, in the Port of Den Helder, EQUANS is developing with partners a green hydrogen production that will be connected to a refueling station for maritime and road transport (ZepHyros NHN project). Other projects will follow soon.