IDEA and IREMIA run on hydrogen and create Hymoov
IDEA and IREMIA, specialising in energy recovery, co-create HYMOOV. With the support of the Pays de la Loire Region, of BPI France and GRDF, the purpose of the new company based in Loire-Atlantique, is to produce eco-hydrogen from waste wood. Explanation.
The energy transition, a challenge for tomorrow
In December 2020, the European Union set a carbon neutrality objective for 2050. At the same time, since 2019 in France, the climate-energy act has created an experimental system for technologies or innovative services in favour of the energy transition. In December 2020, the Energy Regulation Commission approved the HYMOOV project (one of 19 projects selected out of the 41 submitted). Forward then.
France buries 1.3 million tonnes of waste wood per year. What is the result? Soil pollution, degraded water quality and greenhouse gas emissions.
HYMOOV, une solution pour l’environnement
“With HYMOOV, we propose to produce clean, multi-use energy: hydrogen. Our project meets three objectives: be an alternative to the burial of waste wood, preserve natural resources and develop the energy independence of the territory” announces Bruno Hug de Larauze (Managing Director) and John Bilheur (President) of HYMOOV.
HYMOOV recycles waste wood that will be used to produce a synthetic gas. It will then be purified and recombined to obtain the desired gas (methane - CH4 or hydrogen - H2) depending on the end-purpose of the operating unit. What is this unit? It is a transformation site. The volume of waste recycled on this site is estimated at about 15,000 tonnes per year. Gas production should reach 33,000 MWh/year for a flow rate of about 400 Nm3/h
John Bilheur specifies: “The waste wood is collected and sorted by the recycling industry from industries and towns. This waste is then prepared (shredded with metal removed) and transported to the HYMOOV site. Our aim is to work with the waste wood industry to find outlets for the waste but not collect it ourselves”.
The objective for this first unit is to use the gas network as a regular gas outlet without having to store it or transport it.
HYMOOV first targets gas suppliers and gas consuming industries. Tomorrow, the company will also target the hydrogen consumers of the mobility sector or industry in general. Today based in Loire-Atlantique, HYMOOV aims to deploy its model on a national scale with several units of similar size.
From idea to enterprise, the complementary nature of IDEA and IREMIA
HYMOOV is a start-up benefiting from the complementary resources and experience of its founders and shareholders. IDEA, a century-old logistics specialist constantly seeking innovations, provides a structure (legal and financial support, partner relations, human resources) and its supply chain expertise. IREMIA, an energy recovery company, provides knowledge of the market.
John Bilheur specifies: “The waste wood is collected and sorted by the recycling industry from industries and towns. This waste is then prepared (shredded with metal removed) and transported to the HYMOOV site. Our aim is to work with the waste wood industry to find outlets for the waste but not collect ourselves”.