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Start-up Atawey partners with ENGIE Cofely on hydrogen-powered mobility project

May 4, 2017
[Press release] Hydrogen-energy solutions design and manufacturing company Atawey and ENGIE Cofely announced their new partnership at Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest industrial trade shows, held on April 24–28, 2017. The partners will roll out a turnkey solution to provide locally-produced energy for hydrogen- and electric-powered vehicles and support a more flexible electricity supply.

Venture Atawey was supported by InnoEnergy between 2012-2014, through the accelerating programme”Highway”. InnoEnergy is a member of the Strategic Committee of Atawey, and holds 12,3% of the shares. Engie is an associate partner of InnoEnergy France.

Driving the emergence of hydrogen-powered mobility projects and expanding hydrogen filling-station coverage

Atawey’s environmentally-friendly hydrogen production and distribution stations are compact—they take up just a single parking space—and moveable, making them ideal for zero-emissions fleets of up to 20 vehicles. The multi-energy stations also include electric vehicle charging terminals.

The stations aAtawey ENGIE Cofelyre designed for government agencies, car dealerships, car rental companies, and businesses seeking a cost-effective solution for their small hydrogen-powered vehicle fleets. The decentralized, easy-to-move stations can also be used in tandem with large-capacity filling stations to boost the coverage of local hydrogen-vehicle infrastructure.

ENGIE Cofely delivers locally-produced green hydrogen to meet its public- and private-sector customers’ sustainable mobility needs and to support the emergence of a circular economy.

Atawey and ENGIE Cofely are joining forces to offer a turnkey hydrogen production and distribution solution designed to take full advantage of locally-available renewable energy to fuel local corporate and government hydrogen-powered vehicle fleets.

The partners’ first joint project, EFFIH2, planned for June 2017, will be the first concrete result of the French government’s new financing instrument for hydrogen-energy initiatives, Territoires Hydrogène. 

Atawey’s hydrogen-production technology unique on the global market 
Atawey drew on its existing hydrogen-energy solutions for off-grid sites to develop its hydrogen filling stations, which were released on the market in January 2017.

The stations are built on an internationally-patented hydrogen production technology. The company’s electrolysis process does not require the use of corrosive substances in the electrolyzer, ensuring high environmental performance. Not only does the innovative process make maintenance safer and easier, it also extends the lifespan of the equipment.

Atawey has earned recognition for high-quality products that are simple to install and easy to operate. A total of seven Atawey-designed stations will be open for service at locations in France by September 2017. The rapidly-growing startup recently raised €1.5 million from new investors to shorten time-to-market in France and penetrate other European markets by early 2018.


About Atawey

France-based Atawey (“Anytime, Anywhere, Energy”) designs and manufactures local and off-grid hydrogen-energy solutions. The company was founded in September 2012 by Jean-Michel Amaré (CEO) and Pierre-Jean Bonnefond (CTO) to develop and commercialize the results of several years of hydrogen and energy technology research and development.

Atawey offers two product lines: “green” hydrogen filling stations for zero-emissions vehicle fleets, and off-grid energy solutions for remote and isolated sites.

The company’s filling stations are intended to help government agencies, car dealerships, car rental companies, and businesses get started with hydrogen-powered mobility (starting with one vehicle) and improve the geographical coverage of hydrogen-powered vehicle infrastructures; its economical and environmentally-friendly off-grid energy solutions for remote and isolated sites offer year-round power for telecommunications, television, and radio towers, and island, mountain, and geographically-dispersed tourism infrastructures (resorts, lodges, etc.).

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