Multi-MW fuel cells

Zero-emission solutions to decarbonize power production for public electric grids and heavy mobility

  • power for electric grids

    HDF Energy’s fuel cells are a strategic element in our hydrogen power plants.
    They are designed to generate zero-emission baseload or on demand power.

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    worldwide projects
  • railway

    HDF Energy’s fuel cells are one of the key solutions to decarbonize rail transport by replacing diesel engines of freight and shunting locomotives. Our fuel cells offer a tailor-made zero-emission solution for freight operators.

  • maritime

    HDF Energy's high-power fuel cells are also at the forefront of a transformative journey towards decarbonizing maritime transport. Our fuel cells offer a game-changing solution, extending from providing clean electricity to vessels at dockside to supporting auxiliary operations and driving ship propulsion systems.

HDF Energy at the forefront

At HDF Energy, we are leading in the development of cutting-edge energy solutions and our multi-MW fuel cells are key to unlocking a more sustainable future. These advanced fuel cells convert hydrogen into clean electricity, making them a strategic element in our hydrogen power plants.

The fuel cells are economically competitive and tailored to meet the rigorous demands of our diverse markets.

2017

Launch of the Cleargen project, the world’s first installation of a 1 MW PEM fuel cell for an industrial application

2019

Commissioning of Cleargen: produces electricity from refinery by-product hydrogen in Martinique

2019

Start of partnership with Ballard to jointly design and develop multi-MW fuel cells for stationary applications

2023

First two multi-MW fuel cells successfully tested for CEOG

2024

Launch of multi-MW fuel cell production in HDF’s factory

PEM technology

There are various fuel cell technologies. HDF has chosen PEM (proton exchange membrane) technology because it offers the best ratio between electrical power output, lifetime and cost.

A proton exchange membrane fuel cell transforms the chemical energy liberated during the electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and water.

This reaction is possible thanks to the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) inserted between two metallic conduction plates (comprising a cathode and an anode) which only lets the hydrogen ion (H+ of protons) pass through.

This chemical reaction unfolds in each of these cells that are then combined in large number to form modules. By proficiently arranging these modules in parallel and series configurations, we gain the ability to customize fuel cell stacks, precisely tailoring them to deliver the desired voltage and current output.

PEM fuel cells stand out for their remarkable performance at lower temperatures, enabling swift start-up and immediate responses to fluctuations in power demand—a feature that makes them ideally suited for both mobile and stationary applications.

key features

high efficiency

(> 50%)

25+ years

lifetime

modular

system

easy

maintenance

emission

free

low operating

costs

minimal noise

pollution

made

in France

quick start-up & immediate response

to fluctuations in power demand

HDF FC 1500 1.5 MW fuel cell system

The HDF FC 1500 has been designed in partnership with Ballard Power Systems to meet the demands of energy-intensive applications. Fueled with hydrogen, it can generate up to 1.5 MW of clean, emissions free electricity.

With minimal energy loss and exceptional efficiency, our fuel cell technology allows for maximized productivity

Our factory in France

The world’s first production plant
for multi-MW PEM fuel cells

From 2025, HDF Energy will be producing its high-power fuel cells in its 7,000 m² manufacturing plant in Blanquefort, near Bordeaux in France. It will be the world’s first production plant for multi-MW PEM hydrogen fuel cells.

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production
capacity

1 GW by 2030

employees

+500 by 2030

location

Bordeaux, France

factory
size

7000 m2 (phase 1)

operational

in 2024

environmental

certification