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Power to Gas project : Jupiter 1000

Signature of industrial agreements for the Power to Gas "Jupiter 1000" project, first project from the "Innovex" incubator.

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Fos-sur-Mer (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) – In the presence of Mr Stéphane Bouillon, Prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, of Mireille Benedetti, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Councillor and of René Raimondi, Mayor of Fos-sur-Mer, GRTgaz and Marseille Port Authority respectively announced the signature of industrial agreements for the "Jupiter 1000" demonstration plant and the launch of the "Innovex" incubator today.

An incubator dedicated to energy transition via the PIICTO (Plateforme Industrielle et d’Innovation Caban Tonkin) industrial and innovation platform, "Innovex" welcomes its first demonstration plant "Jupiter 1000": the first Power to Gas project connected to the gas transmission network in France. The process consists in converting and storing electricity as gas. In concrete terms, Power to Gas uses non-consumed renewable electricity to produce hydrogen from water electrolysis. The hydrogen can then be combined by a carbon dioxide (CO2) methanation process to produce synthetic methane, with properties identical to that of the natural gas. The hydrogen or synthetic methane produced can then be injected into the gas transmission network.

"Jupiter 1000" is the first project to recycle CO2 from stack effluent in France, by integrating a CO2 capture unit on the chimneys of a local industrialist, Asco Industries. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with industrialists from the PIICTO platform which will consume the gas produced by the Power to Gas demonstration plant.

3D view of the demonstration plant from the "Jupiter 1000" projectVue 3D du démonstrateur du projet « Jupiter 1000 »
3D view of the demonstration plant from the "Jupiter 1000" project

Coordinated by GRTgaz and carried out in collaboration with the Marseille Port Authority, "Jupiter 1000" calls upon various French partners with complementary skills: McPhy Energy for the two electrolysers, Atmostat and the CEA for the methanation reactor, Leroux and Lotz Technologies for CO2 capture, the CEA for R&D, CNR providing the renewable electricity and piloting future remote management of the facility, and GRTgaz and TIGF managing injection in the gas networks. GRTgaz is also taking care of the engineering and integration as a whole, and in the mid-term will be managing site operation.

The cost of the project amounts to 30 million Euros, almost two thirds of which are financed by industrial partners and a third by European Union subsidies (FEDER), the State (as part of a Investments for the Future programme entrusted to the Ademe) and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region. The French Regulatory Commission of Energy (Commission de Régulation de l’Energie - CRE) is also backing the "Jupiter 1000" project which enters into the framework of the energy transition, and which aims to expand use of natural gas networks in the long-term. The CRE approved GRTgaz and TIGF's investment budget, the activities of which are regulated, in July 2015.