Hydrogen and the energy transition
As a major player in French energy research, the CEA's mission centers on energy transition, which is also a prominent focus for Schlumberger, a technology leader in the energy industry.
With the technology development and commercialization capabilities of Schlumberger combined with partners experience and expertise across the hydrogen value chain, Genvia is paving the way to accelerate the hydrogen economy in France and beyond.
Clean hydrogen is critical for the world to meet its energy transition goals and net-zero ambitions as a scalable, carbon-free energy carrier.
“Innovation management, the process of industrializing advanced technologies, and global deployment are fundamental in Schlumberger's DNA,” said Schlumberger CEO Olivier Le Peuch. “Today, our ambition is to use this DNA and play a leading role in the energy transition. Genvia is an integral part of Schlumberger's global project in the decarbonization of energy systems and brings together major players of the hydrogen value chain.”
Clean hydrogen technology
The CEA has been exploring high-temperature electrolysis technology—from which the Genvia technology originated—for over a decade. The organization leveraged its unique expertise in ceramic materials, mechanics, fluid and thermal dynamics, system-level integration, and modeling to generate some 40 patents.
Genvia technology aims to achieve the highest system efficiency, resulting in significantly less electricity use per kilogram of hydrogen produced. The technology is the first of its kind that is fully reversible, giving it the flexibility to switch between electrolysis and fuel cell functions.
Genvia brings together outstanding science and advanced engineering to accelerate core technology development that will unlock affordable hydrogen production, energy storage, and fuel cell applications at scale.
One more step toward the future
At its formation, Genvia assembled a team of researchers, engineers, and experts from CEA and Schlumberger located in three facilities:
- Grenoble, France—where a technology transfer center co-located with the CEA will accelerate the maturation of the technology.
- Béziers, Occitanie Region, France—where the first Genvia manufacturing pilot line will be co-located at an existing Schlumberger manufacturing facility, to leverage Schlumberger technology industrialization expertise and experience.
- Clamart, France—where a Genvia team, supported by Schlumberger colleagues, will design the modules that will become Genvia’s first products.
In addition, Genvia will be able to access the partners' global network of science and engineering expertise, such as the collaboration with other Schlumberger technology centers in Europe and Japan.
Accelerating the impact
Genvia’s ambition to propel a fast pace of adoption for its technology will focus on efficiency, performance, and its adaptability to different use cases.
“An important objective is to enable our clients to produce clean hydrogen for less than $2/Kg, making clean hydrogen competitive with that produced from fossil fuels today,” commented Florence Lambert, Genvia CEO.
Genvia will orchestrate a series of demonstration projects with partners in different use cases for the industrial, energy, and mobility sectors. These demonstration projects will set the stage for the development of the entire value chain to use hydrogen as the preferred clean energy carrier. The demonstration projects are expected to range from 300 kW systems in 2023, to larger systems with megawatt capacities by 2024.
The manufacturing pilot plant will provide the process optimization for industrialization of the electrolyzer technology. The results of the pilot line and demonstration projects will drive the next steps, with the goal of constructing a full-scale Genvia electrolyzer factory in Béziers by 2025.
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