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Press release 31 March 2022

Project H2Bordeaux : deployment of hydrogen

Project H2Bordeaux: Another step towards the deployment of hydrogen in mobility. 

overview photo of a processing facility at a renewable gas storage site taken underwater.

30 March 2022 has been the date of return of the European project H2Bordeaux aiming to evaluate the development potential of hydrogen in decarbonising the industry and mobility in the port area of Bordeaux. Private and public players gathered to review the different purposes and discuss about the ambitions and means to be implemented on a short-term basis. This project supporting the hydrogen sector to decarbonise port areas in the future will form the basis for the replication of similar projects at European level. The studies will allow for better identification of the value of purposes present in port areas by creating multimodal hubs to respond to the needs of the industry and the maritime sector, which want to green up their energy consumption.

Two validated solutions to decarbonise mobility

Since 2020, several ideas for hydrogen use in the port have undergone studies and four seem to be achievable in the near future :

  • Conversion of BAT3 (BATCub) supply to hydrogen: This river shuttle, which is offered by the TBM (Transports Bordeaux Métropole) network, is transporting users from one bank of the river Garonne to the other. According to the studies, one shuttle could consume up to 15 tons of hydrogen per year and 5 to 6 shuttles could be converted in total.
  • Conversion of the TBM network’s busses to hydrogen: the study allowed to identify land transport purposes which could green up the bus fleet. Two filling station with a capacity of 400 kg/day would be necessary (one located at each bank of the river Garonne, in Bassens and close to Bacalan).
  • Conversion of a shunting locomotive: The partners also considered the opportunity to modify a freight train by using hydrogen, thus avoiding the use of fossil energy to link the Ambès and Bassens terminals. It has been proven technically and commercially feasible to convert the freight train by using a combustion cell coupled with batteries.
  • Design of an energy barge: The study showed that it is possible to design a barge which is able to deliver 1.5 MW for 24 hours to supply boats which are docked or to offer energy consumption levelling services along the river Garonne.

Already a reference project for other ports…

H2Bordeaux is an innovation project gathering players with different types of expertise (Le Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux, Storengy, Hensoldt). It is a means to benefit from the use of hydrogen at regional level and even beyond the French borders as other ports have expressed their interest in this project. 
According to Jean-Frédéric Laurent, chairman of the board of GPMB, “the H2Bordeaux project and the studies performed have accomplished their mission by laying the concrete foundations of the technical feasibility of the development of a hydrogen ecosystem at the heart of our country, with the Port of Bordeaux as a privileged platform.

About Storengy

Storengy, an ENGIE subsidiary, is one of the world leaders in underground natural gas storage. Drawing on 70 years of experience, Storengy designs, develops and operates storage facilities and offers its customers innovative products. The company owns 21 natural gas storage sites with a total capacity of 136 TWh in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Storengy is also a key player in renewable gases (biomethane, hydrogen, synthetic gas) and geothermal energy (power generation and heat/cold production). In the hydrogen sector, Storengy is a member of France Hydrogène (formerly AFHYPAC), as well as the association Hydrogen Europe.


About the Port of Bordeaux

  • 7 terminals located along the Gironde estuary: Le Verdon, Pauillac, Blaye, Ambès, Blanquefort-Parempuyre, Bassens and Bordeaux-Centre – Port de la Lune
  • Large variety of goods handled: heavy goods, containers, energy and food products
  • Prestigious cruise port
  • A versatile tool at the service of the economy of south western France
  • A catalyst of innovation and energy transition through VIGIEsip and GIRONDE XL 3D
  • Biodiversity and energy transition challenges illustrated through the PÉÉPOS and H2 Bordeaux projects
  • An excellent player in the field of maritime maintenance and repair
  • A major player in the circular economy
  • More than 8,100 direct jobs in about 275 establishments


HENSOLDT NEXEYA, a subsidiary of the HENSOLDT Group, is a French industrial company with 600 collaborators and a turn-over of 100 million euros. HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE designs, manufactures and maintains complex electronic systems for the defence, aeronautics, transport and energy sector.
HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE develops hydrogen solutions for isolated and sensitive sites, microgrids and eco-districts, as well as for port ecosystems.

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Media contacts 

Monet + Associés for Storengy 
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Port de Bordeaux 
Océane Pourté – Phone: +33 (0)6 64 49 92 33

Hensoldt Nexeya France
Justine Audo -  Mobile: +33 (0)6 34 08 63 94