At ENGIE, we’re making significant investment in the transition to low carbon energy production. Currently, we own and operate over 1,000 MW (gross) of renewable and gas-fired generating plants. In addition, we have more than 500MW of renewable power generation in development. We’re also exploring the enormous potential of hydrogen in facilitating the generation of zero carbon energy.
ENGIE will operate across the entire value chain of renewable hydrogen, from carbon-free power generation to the three key end uses: mobility, industry and energy storage.
Why is hydrogen so important?
We believe that hydrogen is the key that will unlock the full potential of renewables and carbon-free energy solutions. It will accelerate the energy transition by allowing numerous green energy technologies to be used with much greater flexibility.
Hydrogen is a light gas, naturally present and the most abundant element in the universe. Traditionally used in industry, hydrogen is produced via electrolysis, splitting water into its base elements, hydrogen and oxygen. This process also enables manufacturers to recover oxygen or heat.
Hydrogen offers a level of flexibility that makes it useful for storing and recovering excess generated energy, especially energy from renewable sources. It acts as a buffer to match supply with demand. It can also be used to generate energy, for example via fuel cells that power hybrid vehicles or autonomous energy production systems. The heat generated during the hydrogen production process can also be used to heat buildings.