In Grenoble, we are using clean energy!

As a committed player in the energy transition in Grenoble, GEG presented and visited its CNG/hydrogen station during the City-zen Days on February 2, 2018. The event was an opportunity to learn more about the clean energy used by vehicles in the Metropolis.

Promoting sustainable transport is a priority for the local public energy company, which has already invested in many renewable energy projects. GEG is illustrated by its deployment of hydrogen stations that allow the charging of electric vehicles. The company is also a pioneer in the exploitation of natural gas in the form of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV), used by 500 light vehicles and 70 Semitag buses in the Grenoble area.

The clean biogas/hydrogen vehicle station located on the GEG site, rue Félix-Esclangon in Grenoble is the fourth of its kind in metropolitan France. During the visit organised on 2 February, the twenty or so participants set off to discover the installations, guided by Nicolas Flechon, Deputy Director of Networks, Gas and Electricity Distribution at GEG.

Participants were given a complete and detailed demonstration of the station, with a representative of Air Liquid, the station’s designer, installer and operator, as well as a representative of Symbio FCell, a hydrogen fuel cell technology leader that extends vehicle range.

Inaugurated in 2016, the hydrogen charging station is part of the HyWay project, which aims to develop sustainable hydrogen-based mobility. Whether it is CNG or hydrogen, these two clean energies reduce CO2 emissions and pollution in the Grenoble area and are intended to be used in all types of vehicles.

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