45-8 ENERGY is a France based company dedicated to the exploration and ecoresponsible production of strategic industrial gases which are essential to the ecological and energy transition, such as helium and natural hydrogen. Our approach focusses on short supply chains enabling human size local projects targeting a nearby consumption. A unique approach in Europe !
The five founding partners of 45-8 ENERGY, eager to convert their respective expertise (geology, geophysics, financial analysis and legal affairs) into an eco-committed action, started from a strong observation: 100% of the helium consumed in Western Europe is imported from the United States, Qatar and Algeria at high energy costs and with a high carbon footprint. In 2018, this represented 31 million cubic meters, the second largest market in the world with almost 19% of consumption.
To answer the european market need, 45-8 ENERGY has been created in 2017, based in Metz and composed of a multidisciplinary team of 12 people, mainly engineers and doctors. Its innovative approach is based on the co-development of resources that can be associated with helium in certain geological contexts such as natural hydrogen or carbon dioxyde.
Helium exploration together with other associated resources is a real innovation with its own problematics. For this reason, 45-8 Energy is also conducting Research and Development projects with academic and industrial partners in order to develop effective and adapted technology to efficiently and reliably detect these resources in the near surface.
The emergence of this sector is made possible thanks to a pioneering innovative geological approach supported by strong technological innovations carried out in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. 45-8 ENERGY activity was recently acknowledged by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition which has labelled a first project “GreenTech Innovation” thus demonstrating the positive impact of such approach to the ecological transition challenges. Several of its R&D projects have also been labelled by the MATERALIA and AVENIA competitive clusters demonstrating their technical relevance.