On Thursday, February 25, SAFRA received 3 Ministers for a visit of its hydrogen Businova production workshops, and also hosted the first National Hydrogen Council, which was held in part by videoconference with the 3 Ministers and the 15 major industrialists who make up the NHC.
On the morning of February 25, SAFRA was honored to receive 3 Ministers for an extraordinary visit. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, Barbara Pompili, Minister of Ecological Transition, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister in charge of Industry, were visiting the Tarn region.
In the morning, they chaired the first National Hydrogen Council (CNH), which brought together 15 leading representatives of French industry for a highly strategic meeting. This meeting was held at SAFRA’s premises, in video conference as other participants were attending the meeting remotely.
At the end of this meeting, the Ministers announced a financial aid of 750 000 € within the framework of France Relance, and the TERRITOIREH2 project submitted by the SAFRA Group. This grant will allow the company to ramp up and industrialize on a large scale, eventually creating several hundred jobs.
Once the meeting was over, the Ministers went to the Businova manufacturing workshop, where they were welcomed by local elected officials, Stéphanie Guiraud Chaumeil, Mayor of Albi and President of the Albi agglomeration, Christophe Ramond, President of the Departmental Council, Marie-Christine Verdier-Jouclas, Member of Parliament for the Tarn, and Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie region.
Vincent Lemaire, President of the SAFRA Group, then gave a tour of the workshops, presenting the building extension program, the technology used, the operation of the fuel cell, and the Ministers were able to discover the Businova in its various stages of manufacture. They also had the opportunity to discuss with the employees, who were able to convey their motivation and passion in a few words.
This interest in SAFRA highlights the company’s historical know-how, but above all its visionary spirit with its vast development program around the hydrogen Businova.