HYVIA Communication Director
The HYVIA plant in Flins is the first step within a wider industrial project, beginning today with 3 000m² and a highly skilled team of about 15 employees: operators, managers and technicians coming from Flins manufacture.
The HYVIA plant enhances safety, environment, and quality: it is not only a main stake but a priority, applying the best practices from Renault Group and Plug Power.
By the end of 2022:
In the coming years, the HYVIA plant will continue to ramp up with a second step, increasing local and vertical integration.
Like the rest of HYVIA staff, engineering, and manufacturing teams at Flins have embarked an ambitions challenge impacting the H2 ecosystem. To meet this ambition, engineers and operators in the plant have completed specialty training in France and in the United States, receiving the necessary expertise necessary to assemble and test a fuel cell.
The complementary skills of operational teams of both Renault Group and Plug Power are a key for HYVIA’s success.
The 30kW fuel cell is a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, designed based on the proven and durable Plug Power technology.
It brings together air and hydrogen, allowing increased power and range for mobility. Both air and hydrogen flows enter in the fuel cell stack, the “heart” of the fuel cell. The fuel cell stack consists of a negative electrode (anode) and positive electrode (cathode), separated by a polymer membrane. Hydrogen molecules are separated into electrons and cations. The electrons go to an external circuit, generating a flow of electricity that powers both our 33KWh battery and our 57kW electric engine. The cations go through the polymer membrane and are associated with anions of the air to create water.
The fuel cell stack is associated with a large system of approximately 450 components and flux (air, H2, power, coolant and water). The assembly line of HYVIA plant is ready to begin a complex component assembly including high power controller and convertor, air filter, compressor and humidifier, coolant system and the final assembly of the heart of the fuel cell.
The fuel cell test zone is operational thanks to H2 already on site and will ensure fuel cell quality and safety.
HYVIA confirms its industrial anchoring in France. HYVIA headquarters, engineering, R&D center, H2 integration and vehicle production are also based in France. Since its creation in 2021, HYVIA has grown to about 70 employees since its creation, including a strong engineering team.
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