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H2 ecosystems: a new step for Atawey

With more than ten years’ experience and expertise in the design, manufacture and distribution of hydrogen refueling stations, Atawey, a key player in the hydrogen mobility sector, has in just a few years become the French leader in hydrogen refueling stations (with more than 40% of stations installed by the end of 2022). Thanks to its expertise, its wide range of modular and scalable stations, and its in-depth knowledge of H2 ecosystems, Atawey is also as a partner for hydrogen mobility players.

From initiating H2 ecosystems

HYVIA, the joint-venture equally owned by Renault Group and Plug dedicated to hydrogen mobility, announced on 29 September that it had chosen Atawey to co-develop a new hydrogen refueling station : “HYWELLTM by HYVIA”. This station is part of a much bigger project, as HYVIA been able to deploy a complete and unique offer of H2 ecosystems on the European market.


« I’m delighted and proud of the work accomplished with the ATAWEY team since we decided on this partnership last year. We share the same vision. Our teams are working on a key solution to initiate H2 ecosystems, ready to support the rapid deployment of intensive H2 mobility. » – says Franck Potel, Director of Partnerships at HYVIA.


The latest addition to the range of compact stations designed and manufactured by Atawey, this hydrogen refueling station has been sized and designed to support the successive phases of decarbonisation of professional LCV fleets.


« This compact station joins our portfolio of hydrogen refueling stations, a portfolio that is adapted to the different needs of the market. It is the fruit of our expertise and industrial know-how, and reflects our ability to support hydrogen players from the earliest stages of their projects, offering them a solution tailored to their specific needs. », says Pierre-Jean Bonnefond, co-founder and Managing Director of Atawey.


Thanks to its Compact and Plug & Play architecture, this station can be deployed quickly and easily on the most constrained installation sites, requiring little civil engineering and simplifying administrative procedures.

Thanks to the integration of the MC Formula system to optimise filling time for users, and a bigger compression and storage capacity than previous versions of compact stations, this new hydrogen refueling station has been designed to optimise the user experience. The station has a distribution capacity of 100 kg/day of H2 and can refuel 20 to 25 vehicles.

Another advantage is that the investment and operating costs of this new station make it possible to initiate carbon-free mobility H2 ecosystems very easily.


« This station once again demonstrates Atawey’s ability to support hydrogen players. We had already proved this with our mobile station, which was deployed as part of the ‘Hynova’ project. Because for regulatory reasons relating to port areas, no other type of hydrogen refueling station could be installed. This mobile station was also adapted to Hyliko’s needs in terms of initiating heavy mobility ecosystems, thanks to a solution that includes trucks and stations ». – says Jean-Michel Amaré, co-founder and chairman of Atawey.

Towards mass deployment of intensive mobility

These projects demonstrate Atawey’s determination to become one of the key players in the French and European H2 ecosystems. From vehicle tests to the initiation of the decarbonization of professional fleets, Atawey is accelerating the deployment of hydrogen mobility.


This acceleration is also reflected in its range of high-capacity hydrogen refueling stations (the evolutive stations), deployed in particular along major European routes by project owners such as HYmpulsion, to support the rise of hydrogen applications.


« Because if there’s one thing to remember about our compact stations, it’s that they’re just the beginning of tomorrow’s mobility. Mobility that will require large-capacity stations, and who today can predict how large they will be ? In any case, Atawey will be there to answer », concluded Pierre-Jean Bonnefond when he spoke at the opening of the HYVIA H2 Ecosystem Event on Monday 2 October.


More than just a manufacturer of hydrogen refueling stations, Atawey is the partner of choice for accelerating hydrogen mobility all over the world.

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Atawey, the French leader in hydrogen refueling stations, is racking up awards and is rolling out its high-capacity stations

The Savoie-based company, which manufactures, designs and distributes hydrogen refueling stations, is experiencing a wonderful alignment of the planets!


France’s leading manufacturer of hydrogen refueling stations (with more than 40% of the total installed base1) is delighted to announce that it has been selected as the winner of the first batch of the French Tech 2030 programme, a new national programme run by the General Secretariat for Investment, with the support of Mission French Tech and the expertise of Bpifrance.

This is a sign of recognition for Atawey, which now offers one of the widest ranges of stations on the European market, including high-capacity upgradable stations (up to 1.3 t/d) designed to meet the needs of the growth in intensive mobility.

Selected from among 840 applications, Atawey joins 125 other emerging players in French innovation in a programme combining financial and extra-financial support. Atawey’s major objective is to help emerging French technology leaders to emerge in all the France 2030 vertical areas, so that they can develop and shine on the international stage.

At the same time, Atawey has won two awards: from the industry and at local level

Atawey is also one of the winners of the first France Hydrogène 2023 Awards, which recognise players in the hydrogen industry for their dynamism and value creation.

Atawey received the Innovation Award for its mobile hydrogen refueling station.

Launched in 2022 and designed by the company’s R&D teams, this station represents a major industrial innovation. The station moves to the customer, whatever the need.

To speed up commissioning (less than 4 hours) and avoid the station being unavailable, it incorporates two innovative programmes, also designed in-house : ata’Start and ata’Check.


Atawey has also been selected to take part in the 2023 edition of the “Climate Solutions Accelerator” programme run by the Cannes Lérins conurbation. The aim of this local event is to bring together developers of practical solutions with elected representatives from the area, to help prevent the effects of climate change.


These various awards and programs are recognition of the efforts made by the company, which for over ten years has been working to accelerate hydrogen mobility in France and internationally. The company’s DNA, based on innovation and industrial expertise, means it can meet the expectations of different markets and adapt to the changing needs of hydrogen mobility.

HYmpulsion renews its confidence in Atawey

As good news never comes alone, Atawey is pleased to announce a new order for three high-capacity stations from HYmpulsion, the company responsible for the operational and commercial implementation of the Zero Emission Valley project. These three hydrogen refueling stations, each with a compression capacity of up to 1.3 tonnes of hydrogen per day, will enable the Zero Emission Valley project to continue its development.


This major project, backed by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, plans to deploy more than 400 hydrogen-powered light vehicles (commercial and passenger vehicles) and more than 115 buses, lorries and coaches by 2024, making it necessary to set up appropriate hydrogen refuelling stations. With an initial distribution capacity of 400 kilograms of hydrogen per day, the stations ordered will eventually be upgradable to 1.3 tonnes per day, enabling Atawey to meet the requirements and needs of the Zero Emission Valley project.


This new order for three stations is the logical continuation of a long-standing partnership, since the first two stations in the Zero Emission Valley project were manufactured and installed by Atawey and are already being operated by HYmpulsion: the first in Chambéry and the second in Moûtiers.


With station availability rates of over 95% and daily monitoring, Atawey is positioning itself as a key player in hydrogen distribution. Like the stations in Chambéry and Moûtiers, these three new stations will incorporate the international MC Formula filling protocol. This extremely complex refuelling protocol saves energy and increases station availability. It also enhances the user experience.



Atawey is the first French manufacturer to incorporate this technological innovation.


The three future stations will be installed by 2024 in Annecy, Valence and Salaise-sur-Sanne, south of Lyon. These strategic locations will make it possible to create hydrogen corridors – in line with European programs to deploy massive hydrogen infrastructures along major traffic routes – between Lyon and Valence and Valence and Annecy. The aim of creating this network is to support the development of a low-carbon mobility sector in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, while ensuring that heavy goods vehicles can be refuelled on European cross-border routes.

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Technogas and Atawey join their expertise to accelerate hydrogen mobility in BeNeLux

At a time when the hydrogen sector is developing throughout Europe thanks to an incentive policy of public investment and the accelerated evolution of the regulatory framework, Technogas, a company that designs, assembles and maintains pressure-reducing and metering stations for the gas network, is pleased to announce the conclusion of a partnership with Atawey, a designer, manufacturer and installer of hydrogen refueling stations.   Together, Technogas and Atawey will offer a turnkey solution to facilitate the deployment of hydrogen mobility in BeNeLux. It’s a coherent alliance for the two European companies, who place the reliability of the solutions they offer at the forefront and wish to support businesses in the decarbonisation of their uses.

Modular, complementary stations coupled with a 360° service offering

With this partnership, Technogas and Atawey will offer a turnkey solution: product (the hydrogen refueling station by Atawey) and service (maintenance and technical operation by Technogas), so that companies can benefit from a complete, reliable and sustainable solution.   On the one hand, Technogas, a benchmark player recognised for its expertise and the quality of its offerings, which has been working in the industrial and renewable gases sector for more than 50 years, is looking to expand its business portfolio in a field in which it already has a great deal of experience: hydrogen. The company is thus entering a new dimension and becoming a player in low-carbon mobility.   Atawey, on the other hand, has been an expert in the design, manufacture and installation of hydrogen refueling stations for over 10 years, and is keen to deploy its technological expertise, network and in-depth knowledge of the sector on an international scale. The Savoie-based company’s range of hydrogen refueling stations includes mobile stations that can be deployed in half a day, and upgradable high-capacity stations (up to 1.3 t/d) for intensive use (logistics, heavy mobility, public transport, etc.).   In addition to equipment sales, this partnership offers comprehensive support for associated services. It covers the entire value chain of a hydrogen infrastructure project, from design to maintenance and operation.

A coherent partnership

By signing this partnership agreement, the companies are combining their complementary advantages to meet the challenges of climate change and low-carbon mobility. This is an obvious choice when you realise that we need to move forward collectively if we are to achieve the carbon neutrality targets set by the public authorities.   “We are proud to have Atawey as a partner, a company that has been committed from the outset to offering a unique local value proposition and to designing its stations in a more sustainable way,” says Laurent FEMONT, Director of Technogas. “Atawey’s products and values are a natural match for the services offered by Technogas, and it is through this type of virtuous agreement that we will be able to offer complete and coherent solutions to the hydrogen mobility market.”   “Today, Technogas ensures the highest quality of service in all the areas in which the company has been able to develop. Our two companies want to support the carbon-free mobility market with proven technology and a customer service that is as close as possible to businesses and local authorities,” says Geoffroy VILLE, International Sales Developer. “We are enthusiastic about this partnership, which is proof that concrete solutions do exist.”
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Atawey : first French manufacturer to implement MC Formula

While hydrogen mobility is being structured throughout France and internationally with the launch of new hydrogen ecosystems in many territories, Atawey, the French leader in hydrogen refueling stations (with more than 40% of the operational stations1), is pleased to announce the integration of the MC Formula refueling protocol on all its evolutive refueling stations capable of delivering up to 1.3 tons/day. This extremely complex fueling protocol allows the station operator to improve station availability – and therefore maximize the number of charged vehicles each day – or to reduce its energy use at equivalent filling speed.
By being the first French manufacturer to integrate this international fueling protocol, Atawey stands out as an expert in hydrogen distribution.

MC Formula, a unique fueling protocol with multiple benefits

Two major international refueling protocols for hydrogen refueling stations currently exist: the so-called “table-based approach” protocol, or the “MC Formula” protocol.
Each hydrogen refueling station manufacturer is free to apply one of them; each being attached to the international standard SAEJ 2601.

The most standard protocol, since it is easier to implement and less expensive to install, is the table-based approach. The refueling parameters are calculated at the beginning of the refueling and cannot vary throughout it. This method thus determines a refueling speed according to the ambient temperature and the expected temperature of the hydrogen leaving the station.

The second one is called MC Formula. More complex to implement, this protocol enables the refueling time optimization by recalculating the refueling speed every second according to the actual temperature of the hydrogen delivered.


The MC Formula protocol offers greater flexibility of the hydrogen refueling station facing hydrogen temperature variations, while the table-based approach method imposes very strict operating ranges.

The MC Formula refueling protocol allow more flexible operational parameters of the hydrogen refueling station, and avoid untimely stops and failures, improving the availability of the stations and the use rate. It thus makes it possible to offer a better user experience.

Second advantage of this complex protocol, at an equivalent filling speed with a standard protocol, the station is less energy consuming – from 15 to 20% gain, depending on the model. Since the upstream lines between the hydrogen storage area and the filling nozzle do not need to be pre-cooled, the station requires less material and energy consumption at the start of refueling.

This protocol offers a double advantage for the operator: adaption to his needs thanks to an energy and financial gain and increase in the number of vehicles to be refueled daily.


« Atawey’s DNA since its creation has always been to integrate strong technological expertise internally with R&D teams, a manufacturing plant in France and constant listening to the needs of its customers. We had already demonstrated this by expanding our range of hydrogen refueling stations last year with high-capacity evolutive stations and mobile stations. This new technological step strengthens our position as a leader, expert in hydrogen distribution throughout the value chain and allows us to meet all the needs of hydrogen ecosystems.» says Jean-Michel Amaré, founder and CEO of Atawey.

Atawey, first French manufacturer to integrate the MC Formula protocol

Atawey’s R&D teams worked for many months to be able to integrate this new protocol.
« We wanted to be able to integrate this new protocol quickly on our hydrogen refueling stations. It’s done and we are proud to be the first in France! This progress reflects our ability to implement new refueling protocols and adapt to each of the next regulations and changes in future needs. We work daily with all the links in the chain to optimize our hydrogen refueling stations: from vehicle manufacturers to our operators and users who come every day to refuel with hydrogen.» explains Guillaume Havard, Product Design Manager at Atawey.

It should be noted that the evolutive stations in operation in Chambéry and Moûtiers are already equipped with this new protocol, and all the new stations coming out of the Atawey factory will integrate the MC Formula.


« This new protocol is a valuable asset to address optimally the massive deployment of hydrogen mobility, both in France and internationally, and in particular for the construction of European hydrogen corridors. » says Jean-Michel Amaré, founder and CEO of Atawey.

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Atawey develops a large capacity Evolutive hydrogen station

After announcing the launch on May 2 of its first mobile hydrogen charging station, Atawey is taking a step further for low-carbon mobility. The Savoyard company, announces the start of production of a new model of its range of Evolutive hydrogen refuelling station. This large capacity Evolutive station will have a distribution capacity of 400 kg can be upgraded to 1.3T of hydrogen per day, to go along with the growth of uses over the lifespan of the projects.

This station will have the specificity of having one or more distribution terminals to simultaneously recharge several vehicles. At the same time, the company will deploy sales and technical teams in France and Europe to support hydrogen project leaders as closely as possible to the territories, from design to construction and operation.

The large-capacity Scalable station is available for pre-order today for first deliveries in early 2023.

We offer products that contribute to the mass deployment of hydrogen infrastructure in France to respond in particular to the arrival of heavy vehicles and the acceleration of fleets of light commercial vehicles.” commented Jean-Michel Amaré, CEO of Atawey.

A high-capacity station that allows you to control financial investments by adapting to the evolution of projects while optimizing operating costs

While most European regions have now detailed their hydrogen strategy and project announcements are multiplying throughout the territory, Atawey, a major player in hydrogen recharging stations with 24 stations installed in France, wanted to support project holders at all phases of their deployment. Atawey’s R&D teams have worked on an Evolutive refuelling station that completes the range of Atawey stations already available on the market. This new station makes it possible to deliver a large capacity of hydrogen and adapts to the evolution of projects over time (more vehicles and/or new types of vehicles for example) while maintaining the same footprint. It makes it possible to “phase” the project and thus reduce its financial impact.

With its distribution capacity of 400kg to 1.3T of hydrogen per day at 350 and 700 bars, from a hydrogen source pressure of 30 to 500 bars, the station makes it possible to recharge light vehicles, heavy vehicles (buses , coaches and trucks), forklifts, trains, boats, special machinery (Dumpsters, snow groomers, etc.) simultaneously thanks to several integrated charging stations. As it takes five minutes to charge a car, and 15 minutes for a heavy vehicle, the “multi-terminal” function will support the deployment of mobility. This station, entirely designed and manufactured by the Atawey teams, will be able to respond to numerous market segments; deployment of fleets of all types of vehicles in a territory, logistics & supply chain market, bus depots and other vehicles, ski resorts, etc.

With one of the smallest footprints and the best energy performance on the market, while incorporating a very high level of reliability, this station has many innovative features:

– The key functions of the station fit into a 20-foot container. Only the cooling unit, stock and  distribution terminal(s) are external;
– Optimized energy performance: management of hydrogen compression and cooling, adaptation to different inlet pressures, control of the electrolyser;
– Some key components are doubled to ensure increased reliability; guaranteeing optimal operation even in degraded mode;
– Simultaneous charging of all types of heavy and light vehicles at 350 and 700 bars with full international compatibility with the CEP filling protocol

Tailor-made support

Throughout the lifespan of a project, the Atawey team will be present to provide tailor-made support:
– A dedicated project manager, from the customer order to the installation of the station: detailed studies, layout and civil engineering, regulatory procedures, etc. ;
– Operations support with tailor-made training or support;
– Preventive maintenance adapted to the use of each station;
– Support service for the daily monitoring and continuous improvement of the stations: Remote supervision and corrective maintenance;
– Optimization of algorithms and updating of programs throughout the life of the station.

We are going to support the marketing of this new station with the deployment of sales and technical teams on French territory in the coming months, then from the end of the year, in Europe.” says Jean-Michel Amaré, CEO of Atawey.

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Atawey Mobile station in details

While the entire hydrogen sector is developing in France, Atawey, a major player in hydrogen charging stations with a 40% market share, announces the launch of its first mobile hydrogen charging station. Developed and produced in the Atawey workshop, the Atawey mobile station will help accelerate the deployment of carbon-free mobility in Europe.

The set up takes only half a day thanks to automatic tests and its resistance to transport. Compatible with all available hydrogen logistics solutions, this station will make it possible to respond to many market segments; construction market, transition station, fixed station back up during maintenance, event or even as a demonstrator in test areas.The first station is available today and can be mobilized on request.

The first mobile station with an internal compression unit

Announced in September 2021, Atawey’s first mobile station took only eight months to leave the production workshops of the company that specializes in green hydrogen charging stations in France. Atawey’s 15 R&D engineers and 10 production technicians managed to meet the production deadlines for this unprecedented technological innovation. Designed as an intuitive tool with a touch screen, the Atawey mobile station incorporates an internal compression unit, which facilitates the distribution of large quantities of hydrogen.

With its distribution capacity of up to 150 kilos of hydrogen per day and a hydrogen source pressure of 200 to 500 bars, the station can recharge light vehicles but also buses, trucks, forklifts, dumpsters, utilities, boats, snow groomers etc.

A station that can be mobilized in less than half a day to respond to many markets.

Ready to refuel in less than half a day (the fastest set up on the market), the Atawey mobile hydrogen station has been designed to be installed quickly and be used in full autonomy by the operator:

– The station is easily transported on roadways by a trailer;
– Its resistance to shocks has been specifically studied to respond to the problems of transport;
– “Automatic” procedure tests allow the operator to configure the station in a very short time and in complete autonomy;
– Intuitive control screens simplify the day-to-day management of the station.

Usable for many applications, the Atawey mobile station makes it possible to deliver hydrogen anytime, anywhere.

In a booming sector in which there are still many project holders awaiting a fixed station, the Atawey mobile station can be used as a bridging station while waiting for their permanent station or even as a back up for a fixed station when it is under maintenance. But the mobile station can also be used for more temporary needs: construction sites integrating a need for hydrogen, events, seasonal uses such as yachting or in ski areas, development and testing of vehicles for manufacturers, demonstrations of hydrogen vehicles in a territory etc.

A mobile station has already been produced by the company and can be rented on request.

To allow the various markets to discover this new mobile station, it will be presented at numerous hydrogen fairs and events in France, including Hydrogen Days in the Territories, organized by France Hydrogène in Rouen from July 5 to 7, 2022. Many French and European players have already shown their interest in the Atawey mobile station and it will be in operation this summer.

Technological innovation, the company’s DNA

Since the creation of the company in 2012 by its two co-founders, Jean-Michel Amaré and Pierre-Jean Bonnefond, technological innovation has been integrated into the heart of all industrial developments. “The mobile station that we are bringing to the market today is a new step in our technological developments. Our R&D team is working hard to be able to offer a 700 bar version of the mobile station from 2023. We are also finalizing a large capacity Scalable charging station. Our offer is expanding to offer long-lasting solutions adapted to the needs over time of our various customers and project holders,” says Jean-Michel Amaré, CEO of Atawey.

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2022 – a year full of hydrogen promises

2021 was a decisive year for hydrogen mobility. Seen as a solution for sustainable enregy, hydrogen is attracting the interest of investors and governments from all Europe. In France, the government revised upwards the hydrogen fundings with an additional €2bn on top of the initial €7bn enveloppe. Barbara Pompili, the Minister for Ecological Transition, has also declared “It’s a huge boost, with a simple objective, to build a French carbon-free hydrogen sector, of international scope, with 6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved in 2030”.

Tthe latest IRENA report from january 2022 (International Renewable Energy Agency) estimated that hydrogen, which currently represents 0.1% of the energy consumed in the world, would represent 12% by 2050. This significant progress is due to the ambition of major industrial players willing to accelerate their energy transition.

For Atawey, 2022 will be the year of achievements. The Moûtiers station, initiated last October, will fully take up its duties this year in order to supply the city’s fleet of professional vehicles. An energy shift taken by the Mayor of Moûtiers, Fabrice Pannekoucke, in order to decarbonize the valley. The capacity of this new hydrogen station will eventually supply 200 kg/d, i.e. 5 times the capacity of the Chambéry station.

This year, Atawey will also deliver the first mobile stations. Intended for vehicle tests and demonstrations, they will also serve as temporary stations for ecosystems willing to have a permanent station. They will be available from April and are on pre-order today.

Thanks to the growth of hydrogen mobility and the development of new products and services, Atawey is once again strengthening its teams this year. As a reminder, Atawey has gone from 28 to 40 employees in 2021, with the ambition of reaching 60 employees by the end of 2022. With a particular strengthening of the sales team for the European market.

As the leader in green hydrogen stations in France, the company has strong targets in Europe. Atawey meets the needs and requirements of each company, with a solution adapted to its energy transition problem. Each project is unique, with its specificities and constraints. The teams are indeed trained to support hydrogen projects over the long term and drive them to succeed!

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2021 – A look back at a decisive year for hydrogen

2021 was a decisive year for the rise of hydrogen projects around the world and particularly in France. The press as well as politicians have communicated extensively in recent months on the importance of hydrogen to reduce our carbon footprint.

There is a real desire to move forward and the desire to achieve successful decarbonization in France. The efforts are relentless, both on the side of the industrial entites and the government. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery also declared: “I consider that we have the capacity to be the world green hydrogen leader. [We have] the technologies, the public subsidies, the industrial network and the common will: this is a guarantee of success and I am sure that when it comes to green hydrogen, we will succeed.” It was indeed during this speech of September 30, 2021 that the Minister mentioned the various “evidences” of the future energy transition. He pointed out that energy resources are vital on a daily basis, both for heating and mobility.

Fossil fuels exploitation and use have a considerable impact on the environment. These energy sources, emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), are partly responsible for climate change and the decline in air quality. Decarbonization and energy sovereignty can go hand in hand. Also, he also reminds us that we are, in France, in the process of consolidating our energy independence, thanks to the continuous efforts from all the actors in the chain.

Atawey, a major player in the rise of hydrogen on the territory, worked hard this year to decarbonize mobility in several cities in France. 7 hydrogen stations have therefore been installed by Atawey in 2021, bringing the total number of stations in the territory to 23. The one in Chambéry, installed in 2020, has been very successful and carried out more than 1,000 fill-ups in 2021, 80% of which at a pressure of 700 bar. Nearly 4 fill-ups per day on average: a proof of the hydrogen mobility success with professional cars regular recharges that require optimum availability and service!

Atawey also continues to innovate, particularly through its mobile hydrogen station. Intended for vehicle tests and demonstrations, as well as temporary applications on construction sites and for events, this new solution improves access to vehicle charging, speeding up hydrogen mobility development. This mobile station, an ADEME innovation award-winner, is available for pre-order for first deliveries from April 2022. These developments have enabled Atawey to expand, both in terms of its premises than the size of its teams. As a reminder, Atawey went from 28 to 40 employees in 2021, with the ambition of reaching 150 employees within 3 years. And for 2022, Atawey is already at the forefront of the hydrogen scene with:
– The launch of the mobile station scheduled for the first half of 2022
– The commissioning of the Moûtiers station. The symbolic laying of the first stone took place last October. The station will eventually supply fleets of buses, garbage trucks, utility vehicles and even snow groomers for surrounding slopes.

The entire Atawey team wishes you all the best for 2022 ! Let’s continue to move forward together towards a sustainable future!

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Moûtiers to drive down the Alps carbon footprint!

Government ambitions are in favor of green hydrogen! Indeed, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Laurent Wauquiez recently presented the Mountain Plan II. This plan aims for the Alps to become the first sustainable mountain in Europe. The region is also the cradle for the national excellence for hydrogen with 80% of the players in the sector. He recently declared: “Tomorrow, our mountains will be real showcases of the economic dynamism of our region and of the innovation of our entrepreneurs. The mountain of tomorrow is also the one our children are discovering, it is the one our children know […] We protect our mountains, which are dynamic, lively and respectful of the environment. ” President Emmanuel Macron has put in place a “France 2030” plan in favor of green hydrogen to revitalize the economic and industrial network of the sector. The political goal is clear: strengthen French skills in green hydrogen and develop hydrogen industry flagships companies. This is why the budget forecasts have been revised upwards with an additional € 2bn added to the initial plan of € 7bn.

Government actions, through ecological transition agencies such as ADEME and regional projects such as Zero Emission Valley, is leading more and more cities to shift towards green mobility. The Zero Emission Valley project aims at developing clean hydrogen mobility project across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes territory to meet the ambition of a sustainable and carbon-free region. Since then, many regions have followed suit in order to mesh the national territory.

It is within the framework of Zero Emission Valley that the town of Moûtiers decided to set up a hydrogen station and lower the valley’s carbon footprint. It therefore becomes the third city in the project to install one and adds up to Chambéry and Clermont-Ferrand, which also have an Atawey station. Moûtiers has chosen hydrogen technology for its fleet of professional vehicles. The hydrogen station will soon supply buses, garbage trucks, utility vehicles and even snow groomers. The installation of this hydrogen station is a step forward in the networking of the regional territory, in a valley where the road mobility of individuals and professionals have a strong impact on the environment. The tourist seasonality has a great impact on the territory and has therefore a strong strategic weight. The hydrogen station will eventually have a capacity to supply 200 kg per day, five times more than the first station located in Chambéry. The symbolic cornerstone was laid last October in the company of Jean-Michel Amaré, CEO of Atawey and Fabrice Pannekoucke, mayor of Moûtiers. The mayor of the Tarentaise capital said he was very proud to be able to benefit from this hydrogen charging station where air quality is essential.

Hydrogen needs are increasing. Facing the growing importance of this demand, Atawey has increased its workforce; in 2021, the number of its employees rose from 25 to 40. Ambitions are strong on the side of the French start-up, which is doing everything it can to meet growing market demand. As a consequence, hiring forecasts are significant, with the goal of reaching 150 people by 2025.

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Challenges of hydrogen bus projects for public transport – Objective : Zero carbon mobility

While hydrogen buses are deployed in many cities in Europe, pioneered by Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, interest in this environmentally friendly alternative has emerged in France more recently. We are now seeing a rapid increase in the number of communities in France announcing deployments of this new zero-emission technology. In fact, France is the country with the most hydrogen bus projects planned and in the top 3 countries with the most buses in commercial operation. To date, 26 hydrogen electric buses are already in circulation in France, and 28 in the coming weeks.

Hydrogen buses offer great autonomy and rapid recharging. In fact, the range of hydrogen buses is estimated at 300 km, i.e. journeys as long as those served by thermic vehicles. The estimated time to refill a hydrogen bus tank is between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the manufacturer and model. In addition, hydrogen electric vehicles emit only small quantities of steam water, no pollutants nor greenhouse gases. They are also known to be particularly quiet. In this sense, they are the only zero-emission solution with short recharging times and range similar to conventional buses.

Investments are important, both for buses and for refueling stations. This is why national environment state agencies, such as ADEME in France, support the deployment of hydrogen projects. These are therefore arousing growing interest from hydrogen project holders. The goal of these national agencies is to help hydrogen ecosystems, combining the infrastructure for hydrogen production and distribution and the vehicles.

To convince public transport project holders, several hydrogen bus companies such as Safra, Solaris, Vanhool or Caetano, in partnership with Toyota, are offering to test a vehicle for a short period of time. Another option is to convert a diesel bus to a hydrogen bus: a retrofit. This is the option chosen by the Normandy region for its regional line Nomad car express Evreux-Rouen (illustration). The retrofitted coach will refuel at the Evreux hydrogen station, supplied by Atawey.

But how to test a hydrogen bus without a refueling station? Atawey supplies a mobile hydrogen refueling station on a rental basis, capable of supplying several heavy vehicles. This station is intended for demonstrations and tests for communities willing to validate a hydrogen bus line project. Atawey is at the service of local authorities and project holders. At the end of these tests, provided the community successfully managed to set up a hydrogen zero carbon mobility project on its territory, Atawey will be able to offer an scalable hydrogen station, capable of permanently supplying the bus fleet.

Atawey will be present at the European Zero Emission Bus conference to be held in Paris on November 17 and 18, 2021. This conference will bring together manufacturers, operators, policy makers and industrialists, to discuss the solutions and challenges of decarbonizing public transport.