French Partnership to Research Large-scale Hydrogen Production

A partnership agreement between Elogen, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Université Paris-Saclay, will establish a joint research laboratory to accelerate the large-scale production of green hydrogen.


The laboratory, which will be based at the Orsay Institute of Molecular Chemistry and Materials (ICMMO – CNRS/Université Paris-Saclay), aims to improve current PEM electrolysis processes and explore the use of the different materials available in quantity.

It builds on the collaboration agreement signed between Elogen and Université Paris-Saclay in December 2021.

ICMMO’s team for Research and Innovation in Electrochemistry for Energy will supply a scientific expertise in PEM water electrolysis, hydrogen storage and purification, which will be complemented by Elogen’s proficiency in the design, manufacturing and marketing of electrolysers.

Jean-Baptiste Choimet, Managing Director of Elogen, said that they are proud of the collaboration, adding: “With R&D and innovation forming part of Elogen’s historical DNA, it is only natural for us to recommit ourselves to R&D and the training of the next generation of researchers.”

Echoing these sentiments, Estelle Iacona, President of Université Paris-Saclay, said: “Driven by the conviction that as a university it is our responsibility to support technological breakthroughs to succeed in the energy transition, we are delighted with the creation of this joint research laboratory with Elogen and CNRS. It will combine academic and technological expertise of the highest level, whilst contributing to the training of students and young researchers.”

Jean-Luc Moullet, Deputy Director General for Innovation at CNRS, also commented: “The production of green hydrogen is one of the answers to the energy challenge, which is one of the major challenges facing our society, and therefore naturally one of the major societal challenges on which CNRS is focusing.”