Project HyAMMED: developing hydrogen mobility within the Aix-Marseille metropolitan area

As part of the HyAMMED project - Hydrogen in Aix-Marseille for Ecological and Sustainable Mobility - Air Liquide will build the first high-pressure hydrogen station that will supply low-carbon hydrogen to the first European fleet of eight 44-ton long-haul trucks specially designed in the framework of the project.

Main project's drivers for reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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Energy and resource efficiency

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Energy decarbonisation

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Energy efficiency improvements

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Improving efficiency in non-energy resources

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Emission removal

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Financing low-carbon issuers or disinvestment from carbon assets

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Reduction of other greenhouse gases emission

Project objectives

HyAMMED aims to initiate in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur region the transition from transporting various polluting heavy vehicles to responsible, innovative and environmentally conscious mobility through the use of hydrogen.

Detailed project description

The transport activity contributes 30% to GHG emissions in France. It is therefore imperative to

find effective solutions, particularly in the heart of large urban areas.


The HyAMMED project, Hydrogen in Aix-Marseille for Ecological and Sustainable Mobility, has the potential to transform the transport of goods in the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis, one of the most populous regions in France.


For this, the project provides for the deployment of eight 44-ton long-distance hydrogen trucks (up to 800 km) associated with the first high-flow low-carbon hydrogen station [700 bar, 1 ton / day], invested and operated by Air Liquide on its Air Liquide site in Fos-sur-Mer and will allow up to 20 refills per day of hydrogen trucks. The low-carbon hydrogen that will feed the Air Liquide station will be co-produced by electrolysis by KemOne at its Fos-sur-Mer site. The station is also designed for refueling buses and other utility vehicles (horizon 2023).


The HyAMMED project aims to demonstrate the high reliability of long-haul 44t trucks, equipped with fuel cells, compatible with road transport operations under normal operating conditions. One of these trucks will be operated by Air Liquide as part of its packaged gas delivery activities in the Fos-sur-Mer region. Their range (up to 800 km) is a real asset. In addition, hydrogen has the advantage of not changing charging habits (the duration of a filling is about 20 minutes), which will facilitate the deployment and acceptance of this technology by users (carriers and retailers).

The HyAMMED project is part of a regional Hydrogen ecosystem that is already present and rapidly expanding across the entire value chain.

Emission scope(s)

on which the project has a significant impact

Scope 1

Direct emissions generated by the company's activity.

Scope 2

Indirect emissions associated with the company's electricity and heat consumption.

Scope 3

Emissions induced (upstream or downstream) by the company's activities, products and/or services in its value chain.

Emission Removal

Carbon sinks creation, (BECCS, CCU/S, …)

Avoided Emissions

Emissions avoided by the activities, products and/or services in charge of the project, or by the financing of emission reduction projects.

Avoided emissions – Replacing diesel fuel with carbon-free hydrogen (H2)

  • Quantification : 1,5 ktCO2/year

The HyAMMED project will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of more than 2 million kilometers traveled in trucks equipped with conventional diesel engines. Each truck will reduce emissions by 150t of CO2 per year (200,000 kilometers per year).

Key point

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Invested amount

14,7 M € 

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Starting date of the project

February 2019

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Project Localisation

Provence Alpes Côte d´Azur region, France

Project maturity level

Prototype laboratory test (TRL 7)

Real life testing (TRL 7-8)

Pre-commercial prototype (TRL 9)

Small-scale implementation

Medium to large scale implementation échelle

Economic profitability of the project (ROI)

Short term (0-3 years)

Moyen terme (4-10 ans)

Long term (> 10 years)

Illustrations of the project

Improving transport not only reduces CO2 emissions linked to the transport of goods, but also to significantly improve air quality (reduction of the level of NO2 fine particles in the air) and to limit the noise level in dense areas.

The HyAMMED project thus contributes to the following SDGs:

  • SDG 1 Good health and well-being
  • SDG 7 Clean and affordable energy
  • SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 13 Measures relating to the fight against climate change

The project will initiate the deployment of hydrogen trucks in France and Europe, particularly in all dense logistics areas such as ports.

The HyAMMED project will be a success thanks to (i) the great diversity of actors gathered and committed and (ii) the unconditional support of public funding bodies (FCH JU, ADEME and South Region).

Different partners are involved in the HyAMMED project:

  • Grant recipients: Perrenot, ID Logistics, Malherbe, Blondel, Air Liquide
  • (complementary) partners: IVECO, Green GT, KemOne, Carrefour, Monoprix, Coca-Cola European Partners, Chabas, Capenergies.
  • Support: GPMM (Grand Port Maritime de Marseille), PIICTO, MAMP (Métropole Aix Marseille Provence)
  • Funders: FCH JU, ADEME, South Region
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