H2ME – Hydrogen Mobility Europe

The H2ME project aims at deploying the largest pan-european network of hydrogen vehicles and refuelling stations across Europe up to date. The project gathers industrial and research institutions from Scandinavia, France, UK and Germany. More than 300 vehicles will be put in customers hands and 29 refuelling stations will be built and operated for 3 years.  In particular, 3 stations and about 100 vehicles are to be deployed in France. One of the stations is located in Sarreguemines, in the East of France.

For more information, please visit the project website: http://h2me.eu/

The Hydrogen Refuelling Station of Sarreguemines

The hydrogen refuelling station of Sarreguemines is the first hydrogen refuelling station of France with onsite hydrogen production in an electrolyser fed with renewable energies. The project was initiated in the framework of the energy transition plan of the urban community of “Sarreguemines Confluences” (CASC). EIFER and EDF provided technical expertise to CASC in the design, technical specification and equipment dimensioning,  performance of remote monitoring and control of the installation, which contributes to support the electrical grid through smart and flexible operation strategies. McPhy developed and built an innovative, high efficient electrolyser as well as a refuelling station enabling to refuel different kinds of vehicles through the implementation of international standards such as the J2601 regulation. This enables both French and German car drivers to use the station of Sarreguemines, thereby increasing cross-border mobility.


The alkaline electrolyser developed by McPhy enables to produce hydrogen from renewable energies such as PV, wind or hydraulic power. The electrolyser is designed to have a large range of flexibility and the ability to perform quick starts and stops. It has a nominal capacity of 20 Nm3/h and enables to produce hydrogen with a purity of more than 99,999%. The electrolyser consumes about 9 liter of water to produce one kg of hydrogen. Additionally, about 10 more liter of water are circulating through the electrolyser for water demineralization and can used for car washing or plants watering.

Hydrogen Refuelling Station

The 350 bar hydrogen refuelling station developed by McPhy has a delivery capacity of 40 kg/day. This corresponds to more than 25 vehicles equipped with a hydrogen range extender, or 10 full-power hydrogen cars. The hydrogen storage system installed in the station enables to perform 8 refuellings at once. The station is following international standards such as the J2601 regulation, in order to enable refuelling of international car owners. The station is equipped with a pre-cooling system in order to reduce the refuelling time down to less than 5 min.


A captive fleet consisting of 10 Kangoo H2 is using the station on a daily basis. The vehicles are plug-in hybrid vehicles: they are equipped with a 22 kWh battery that can be directly charged from the grid. The hydrogen range extender consists of a 1.8 kg hydrogen tank and a 5 kW fuel cell, which produces continuously electricity from hydrogen. The electricity is either used for the traction or for recharging the battery. Additional vehicles, including more range extender vehicles and full power hydrogen vehicles, such as the ix35 from Hyundai, are expected to use the station in a close future.

The Project Partners of the FaHyence Project

The Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences (CASC) is a local metropolitan community composed of 26 municipalities. Located in the North-East of France at the border with Germany, it counts 52 562 inhabitants spread over 80 mi². It covers a mixed of rural and urban areas, where the automotive industry represents one of the main activities with local branches of international firms such as Continental and smart implemented locally.

The CASC is a key local stakeholder due to its diverse responsibilities leading to a strong involvement with local development activities such as economic development, public transportation, land-planning, environment (with actions nationally recognized), collection of household and assimilated wastes, culture, sport and tourism.


Laurent Perez


The EDF Group is the world’s biggest electricity generator and covers every sector of expertise, from generation to trading and transmission grids. EDF builds on the expertise of its people, its R&D and engineering skills, its experience as a leading industry operator and the attentive support of its customers to deliver competitive solutions that successfully reconcile economic growth with climate protection.


European Institute for Energy Research

David Colomar


The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) was created in 2002 as a European Economic Interest Grouping between EDF and KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and is located in Karlsruhe. EIFER is active in the several areas of energy transitions, from strategic planning for sustainable cities to energy systems. One important research topic included in EIFER’s activities is clean mobility: the institute aims at developing, implementing and testing innovative infrastructure concepts based on clean electricity to ensure the economic viability of energy transition in transport. Fuel cell hydrogen vehicles are the core application of electrolysis technologies tested in the laboratories of EIFER and in demonstration projects, aiming at developing efficient, sustainable and affordable refueling infrastructure.

McPhyEnergy SA

Bertrand Amelot


McPhy Energy is a leading developer of hydrogen-based solutions for industry and energy markets. The company draws on its exclusive technique for storing hydrogen in solid form and its years of experience in producing hydrogen through water electrolysis to design and manufacture flexible production, storage and distribution equipment. McPhy Energy provides hydrogen solutions in the renewable energy, mobility and industry sectors.

The Group has three production sites in France, Germany and Italy, a R&D laboratory in France and three sales subsidiaries in North America, the Asia-Pacific and the Russia-Eastern Europe-Central Asia regions.

Symbio FCell SA

Symbio FCell SA is the French leader in hydrogen fuel cell systems designed for the transportation markets. Fuel Cell System kits designed and produced by Symbio FCell for land and sea vehicle manufacturers offer a seamless evolution of green mobility solutions that extend electric vehicle autonomy. Our modular H2 systems provide a wide range of PEM-based mobile energy solutions, from 5 kW to 300 kW, which address density and reliability issues and are ready for cost effective mass production.

Our Happy Users

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These activities have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under grant agreement number 671438.