Symbio’s first gigafactory called SymphonHy was officially inaugurated on December 5 in Saint-Fons, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, France. SymphonHy is Europe’s largest integrated site producing hydrogen fuel cells, with a production capacity of 50,000 fuel cell systems a year to be reached by 2026, according to Symbio’s plans. Indeed, Symbio is an equally owned joint venture between Forvia, Michelin and Stellantis.

SymphonHy has a high level of automation and robotics supporting large-scale industrial production at a more competitive cost. These developments are key to accelerate the roll-out of competitive, high-performance hydrogen-powered transport, and contribute to the energy transition and the ambitions of Europe to move towards net zero.

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Symbio’s SymphonHy gigafactory: some key figures

The new French gigafactory has got a current production capacity of 16,000 stacks, to reach 50,000 by 2026. The existing surface area is 26,000 square meters, to become 40,000 square meters by 2026, with 7,000 square meters currently dedicated to innovation. Over 450 engineers are involved in the gigafactory.

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“SymphonHy is proof of Europe’s industrial and technological leadership. Together with the entire ecosystem and our private and public partners, we are ready to scale up and make hydrogen electric mobility, a sustainable, high-performance, and affordable reality”, said Philippe ROSIER, CEO of SYMBIO. “Delivered in less than two years, SymphonHy is testimonial of Symbio’s ability to meet its industrial commitments, underpinning the acceleration of zero-emission hydrogen mobility deployment. The first 100% fuel cell system assembled at SymphonHy was produced in October 2023, just one month after the gigafactory became operational.”

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