Schlumberger New Energy, the CEA and partners announce Genvia CEO appointment

Source: press release, 8 February 2021

Florence Lambert, CEO of the Genvia clean hydrogen production technology venture (photo: CEA-LITEN/F. Pattou)
Florence Lambert, CEO of the Genvia clean hydrogen production technology venture (photo: CEA-LITEN/F. Pattou)

Schlumberger New Energy, the CEA and partners have announced Florence Lambert as the CEO of the Genvia clean hydrogen production technology venture, effective March 1, 2021. Lambert brings more than 20 years of experience in new energy technologies and was previously CEO of CEA-LITEN in Grenoble, France.

“Florence has been a respected voice at the forefront of energy transition technology development for a number of years. We are delighted that she has chosen to bring her experience and passion to the leadership of Genvia. We believe that hydrogen is a critical energy carrier that will enable countries to meet their decarbonisation ambitions,” says Ashok Belani, Executive Vice President Schlumberger New Energy.

In the next 30 years, hydrogen production could account for 20% of total energy demand, according to the Hydrogen Council. Genvia’s technology development and industrialisation activities will be in step with the anticipated strong growth of the hydrogen economy. Genvia will provide innovative early solutions through strategic alliances in different industries.

“Genvia brings together an extraordinary group of partners, to foster the new ecosystem needed to accelerate the development and industrialisation of affordable clean hydrogen production. I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity with Genvia to create business and employment growth while making an impact on climate change,” says Florence Lambert, the newly appointed Genvia CEO.

The Genvia Board of Directors will have high-level executive representation from its founding partners:

  • François Jacq, Chairman and Philippe Stohr, Energy Division Director, CEA
  • Ashok Belani, Executive Vice President New Energy, and Olivier Peyret, Chairman of France, Schlumberger
  • Guy Sidos, Chairman and CEO, Vicat
  • Pascal Baylocq, CEO Geostock, (VINCI Construction)
  • Simon Munsch, Services Director, Occitanie Region.

The Genvia high-performance solid oxide electrolyser technology developed by the CEA is fully reversible, giving it the flexibility to switch between electrolysis and fuel cell functions. Genvia technology design will enable a 30% higher electricity conversion efficiency per kg of hydrogen produced, bringing the cost of producing clean hydrogen down to a level that competes aggressively with other sources of energy.

Leveraging Schlumberger technology industrialisation experience, the first Genvia manufacturing pilot line will be established at a Schlumberger manufacturing facility in Béziers in 2021. Genvia will also set up a Technology Centre co-located with the CEA in Grenoble, France, to accelerate the maturing of the technology through the industrialisation process.

Genvia will participate in a series of demonstration projects with partners in different use cases for the industrial, energy and mobility sectors. These demonstration projects will pave the way for the development of the full value chain for the utilisation of hydrogen as the clean energy carrier of choice. The different demonstration projects are expected to range from 300 kW systems in 2023 to larger systems with megawatt capacities in 2024.

Based on the results of the pilot line and demonstration projects, investment into the building of a giga factory for the production of solid oxide electrolyser and fuel cell stacks is expected to launch in 2025. The production ramp of the giga factory will enable Genvia to meet the gigawatt deliveries of electrolysers and fuel cells, which the market is anticipated to demand at an accelerated pace in 2030 and beyond.