The future of hydrogen is taking shape in Occitanie
H2 Corridor is a European project that aims to massively decarbonise heavy traffic on a North-South axis from the Mediterranean to the North Sea by developing the use of green hydrogen as fuel for trucks, refrigeration units and coaches.
H2 Corridor origins
The development of this project along the Trans-European Transport Corridor must be carried out brick by brick, territory by territory, in order to progressively lead from North to South to a system of hydrogen infrastructures supplying heavy vehicle fleets.
The “H2 Corridor in Occitanie” project is the first brick, launched by the Region and supported by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission.
Occitanie, the first region to launch the project on its territory:
To this end, it is acting to assist project owners in their efforts to develop hydrogen production and distribution capacity and deploy large numbers of hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles. The goal is to get the H2 Corridor project up and running in Occitanie by 2023, with two units producing hydrogen from renewable energy, eight hydrogen distribution stations, 40 hydrogen-powered trucks, 62 refrigerated trailers/units for trucks and 15 regional intercity H2 coaches (retrofitted).
To identify the stakeholders who will develop this project with it, the Region has launched a call for projects for hydrogen suppliers and a call for expressions of interest for consumers (to be found in the “Join us” section).
Key figures for the H2 Corridor in Occitanie
Total investment, with project completion scheduled for end 2023
renewable hydrogen production sites
A 6 tonnes/day
cumulative production capacity
8 distribution stations
with a capacity of 600 to 1,200 kg/day per station
62 refrigeration units
regional intercity coaches
Succeed hydrogen deployment
On 15 April, the European Union notified the region that the project had been selected in the EIM-T (European Interconnection Mechanism – Transport) call for proposals and would receive a grant worth €14.5 million, in addition to a loan from the European Investment Bank of €40 million.
With this support, Occitanie is therefore gathering favorable conditions for the development of the green hydrogen sector.
Join us to make this project a success, find out about the hydrogen solutions currently being deployed and gain access to public financial support, as well as assistance in setting up your project.
hydrogene supliers and producers
Trucks or refregirated unit fleet managers
Occitanie region green hydrogen plan with €150m grant Launch of h2 corridor project
Development of the project and financing structure
Recruitment of project stakeholders in occitanie with the support of the region through the consortium Seiya Consulting, Hydrogen Advisor and Element Energy
Launch of calls for proposals to identify project partners : hydrogen suppliers and users
Webinar to present the Corridor project and the recruitment process
Close of call for proposals for hydrogen suppliers
BtoB meeting between transporters and suppliers of hydrogen solutions for heavy transport
Close of 1st phase of call for expressions of interest (CEI) for hydrogen users
Close of 2nd phase of CEI
Project implementation in Occitanie
Commissioning of entire corridor h2 project in occitanie
Duplication of the occitanie pilot model in the project's partner regions : Wallonia, Grand-Est, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Catalonia, etc…
In line with its commitment to the European Investment Bank and the European Commission, the region intends to deploy the hydrogen production and distribution sites on or at less than 10 km from the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Core Network, or the “nodes” of these main axes.
The target zones were identified by a strategic analysis of the region with a view to the initial deployment phase of green hydrogen as a fuel for mobility in Occitanie. This analysis covered heavy transport flows, logistics centres, TEN-T road and port nodes, and the coach services of the regional liO public transport network. The study identified three target zones :
- The “A9 Coast” zone along the central TEN-T “Mediterranean” corridor
- The “Toulouse” zone along the central TEN-T “Other Networks” corridor linking the Mediterranean and Atlantic along the Narbonne-Bordeaux axis (A61 – A62)
- The “Tarn” zone along the adjacent, secondary TEN-T “Comprehensive Network”, on the Toulouse-Albi segment (A68)
As part of the tendering schemes for the H2 Corridor in Occitanie project, the region will therefore select as a priority the two most relevant production projects and the eight most relevant station projects in relation to these locations.
‘Hydrogen and Territory’ Project Manager
Hydrogen Sector Policy Officer, HyDeO Coordinator