Areas with little or no interconnection to the major electricity grids, and in particular islands, rely in most cases on fossil fuels for their electricity production, which implies high levels of emissions and pollution, but also higher costs than those found on the continents. In order to reduce their energy dependence while contributing to the achievement of carbon neutrality, the use of renewable energies is favored, but they need to be coupled with storage means to cope with their variability and intermittency.
The HyLES project studies the roles and impacts that hydrogen can have to accompany a transition towards energy independence.
The HyLES project, funded by the French National Research Agency, aims to study the role and impact of hydrogen in supporting a transition to energy independence and carbon neutrality for electricity production and transport in areas with little or no interconnection.
It will focus on three case studies with different locations, needs, resources, economies and cultures :
- Reunion Island,
- French Polynesia.
The project focuses on three case studies with different locations, needs, resources, economies and cultures : Corsica, Reunion Island and two islands of French Polynesia.
An interdisciplinary approach between engineering sciences, climate sciences and human and social sciences being particularly necessary on this subject, the project relies on contributions from partners (FEMTO-ST, GEPASUD, ENERGY-lab and SPE) of the three fields and the three studied areas.
The project has three phases :
- Study of local contexts in terms of production and consumption potential and socio-economic barriers to the integration of hydrogen technologies
Use of these results for an integration at the local scale (building, district) and at the scale of the islands’ networks.
- This integration will be based on electrical needs, on the potential of decarbonization of transport (land and sea) and on the production of heat and cold.
- A study of the socio-economic impact of the integration of hydrogen technologies on the studied territories will be carried out. A white paper of recommendations on the integration of hydrogen in insular territories.
Project Coordinator : Robin Roche – robin .firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientific Manager for ENERGY-lab : Michel Benne – email@example.com
Scientific Manager for GEPASUD : Pascal Ortega – firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientific Manager for SPE : Christian Cristofari – email@example.com
Project Coordinator : robin .firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientific Manager for ENERGY-Lab : email@example.com