Webinar: Hydrogen, an energy of the future for the Supply Chain?

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Tuesday the 5th of May, 2020, SprintProject launched its 1st Webinar on the theme “Hydrogen, an energy of the future for the Supply Chain? ".

Hydrogen in transport, logistics and construction. Through three concrete examples, our speakers returned to the challenges, application cases and feedback of Hydrogen in the Supply Chain.

Hydrogen in the Supply Chain: a complex subject for the future

Fabien Esnoult, President of SprintProject, thanks the speakers for their presence and reminds the guests of the context and theme of this 1st Webinar hosted by SprintProject : “Today we will talk about the future in the Supply Chain, and more particularly Hydrogen”.

With renewable energies gaining ground in recent years, the supply chain needs to adapt. It seemed appropriate to take stock of this key issue for the future. To do this, we wanted to talk to experts to take stock of this complex subject.


The Mobypost project, Urby – La Poste Group

Frédéric Delaval, President of URBY – Groupe La Poste takes the floor and presents the Mobypost project, initiated at the end of 2008 between several European players (academics, industrialists, etc.). Originally, this project resulted from a meeting between intuition and the need for a solution.

The “From Sun to Wheel” project, renamed “MobyPost”, quickly revolved around a test of electric vehicles powered by hydrogen itself produced on the site from solar energy.

Frédéric Delaval develops the different stages of production, storage and distribution of Hydrogen and explains the different performance measurement tools used for this project: “The specificity of this project lays in the successive stages: producing electrical energy, transform it into hydrogen, store it and use it to recharge our vehicles”

A long-term project which lasted from 2011 to 2018, on two sites and with ten vehicles. The feedback is very positive: 98 % availability over the four years of operation.


DB Schenker and Hydrogène Europe towards an energy transformation

Tariel Chamerois, Director of Sustainable Development at DB Schenker France takes the floor and recalls the legal context which pushes Supply Chain companies to work on the subject of new low-carbon energies.

As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the EU has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% in all economic sectors by 2030. The Supply Chain is must therefore source new solutions allowing a reduction in the negative impacts of its activity on the environment: “the European context shows that there is a place for green Hydrogen”

Tariel Chamerois reviews the different technologies available depending on the operating sectors and the distances of use and integrates the efficient use of Hydrogen.

If today the context does not allow efficient integration, the arrival of green Hydrogen will require investments by Manufacturers, Shippers and Logisticians, Transporters, Energy Suppliers and the State.

DB Schenker works with “Hydrogen Europe” and with vehicle manufacturers and thus confirms its commitment to the energy transformation in favor of green Hydrogen over long distances.


Hydrogen, a challenge for logistics buildings

Marc Esposito, Innovation Director of GSE, speaks on the challenges of Hydrogen in buildings.

In 2019, the Energy Climate Law changed the regulatory context for logistics buildings in France by strongly pushing for the production of renewable energy on a significant part of their large unused roofs.

Photovoltaic production is emerging as the best solution for producing renewable energy, while logistics buildings are also low consumers of electricity in relation to their roof surface area.

Consequently, French logistics buildings will in the very short term become buildings that produce more energy than they consume and will have to find an outlet for their green energy. Hydrogen then represents a double opportunity for these buildings: on the one hand, it is a long-term storage solution for photovoltaic energy, which by its very nature is intermittent and seasonal. On the other hand, green hydrogen is one of the most interesting candidates for the heavy goods vehicles of the future.

So why not use warehouses as short-circuit green hydrogen stations to supply carbon-free logistics? The technico-economic study shows that the economic results of such solutions are no longer that far from the goals. While photovoltaic energy has fallen by a factor of 5 in the last 10 years, it seems that the cost of producing green hydrogen is only a factor of 2 away from rivalling the current diesel price ...

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