Founded in 2020, Elyse Energy is an independent French industrial SME, a pioneer in the production of low-carbon molecules. Elyse Energy develops, finances, builds and operates sustainable aviation fuel and e-methanol production plants. These plants use state-of-the-art technologies to capture CO2, produce hydrogen by water electrolysis, thus manufacturing low-carbon molecules locally. These molecules replace chemical inputs and conventional, fossil and imported fuels to provide industrial companies, shipping operators and airlines with a sustainable solution tailored to the existing infrastructure. With operations in France and on the Iberian Peninsula, Elyse Energy contributes to strengthening European energy independence.
What is our mission?
Elyse Energy provides carbon intensity reduction solutions to manufacturers, shipping operators and airlines engaged in a greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy. Elyse also strives for European energy and industrial sovereignty by helping relocate the production of fossil and imported fuels as well as inputs.
What are our objectives?
Elyse Energy has three primary objectives:
Support carbon intensity reduction in the economy: Elyse Energy produces versatile low-carbon molecules to support the energy transition of three major sectors: industry, air transport and shipping.
Contribute to energy sovereignty: Elyse Energy strives for European energy independence by replacing fossil and imported fuels or raw materials with local, mass production.
Breathing new life into European industry: Elyse’s production units help relocate the production of raw materials and fuel to European industrial areas, while providing an outlet for the biogenic and unavoidable carbon of its emitters as part of a circular, synergistic logic.
What are our products?
Elyse Energy uses the carbon capture technology and the production of hydrogen through water electrolysis to locally produce synthetic molecules from low-carbon, renewable or nuclear electricity. These molecules, sometimes referred to as e-fuels for their transport use, replace chemical inputs and conventional, fossil and imported fuels to provide a sustainable solution suited to the existing infrastructure.
What is our business model?
The Elyse Energy model is that of an independent “developer-operator”. Elyse Energy designs, develops, finances, builds and operates low-carbon molecule production units for a broad range of applications. The business model is based on sales of molecules, not the sale of projects. To this end, Elyse Energy integrates and combines the most relevant technologies to provide its customers with the low-carbon molecules they need. It is primarily a project owner, who wishes to master the key elements of its plants and production, from start to finish and over the long term. With a view to optimising costs while guaranteeing HSE control at the highest level of excellence, Elyse Energy is keen to standardise and replicate its units to support the scale-up of the European low-carbon molecule market.
Who founded Elyse Energy, and when?
Elyse Energy is a French independent industrial SME founded in 2020 by 4 partners: Pascal Pénicaud, President; Cédric de Saint-Jouan, Chairman of the Strategic Committee; Benoit Decourt, Director of Operations; and Stéphane Guillard, Chief Financial Officer.
How many employees work for Elyse Energy?
From ten employees in 2021, Elyse Energy has approximately forty in 2023.
What is our shareholding structure?
Elyse Energy relies on two reference shareholders with experience in the construction and operation of green molecule and electron production units: Falkor and Vol-V. These operational shareholders give Elyse the agility and independence it needs in this market phase, while guaranteeing the financial base to support the capitalistic nature of its projects.
Who are the customers of Elyse Energy?
Elyse Energy supports chemical manufacturers, airlines and shipping operators in their carbon intensity reduction strategy by providing them with low-carbon molecules – e-methanol, synthetic kerosene and by-products such as naphtha – suited to existing infrastructures and their equipment.
Our projects and products
What are the main projects of Elyse Energy?
In France, Elyse Energy has two major industrial programmes: eM-France on methanol; and BioTJet on sustainable aeronautics. The methanol programme is divided into several projects, including eM-Lacq in the Pyrénées-Atlantique department, eM-Rhône in the Isère department, eM-CTY in the Allier department and NeoCarb in the Bouches-du-Rhône department. Elyse is also actively involved in research and development with the AVEBIO project, and on the Iberian Peninsula with the eM-Iberica programme.
What is BioTJet?
The BioTJet project aims at building and operating France’s first industrial plant for advanced biokerosene production, based on biomass consisting of residues mainly from local forestry resources and end-of-life wood waste. The BioTJet project leverages the BioTfueL® process, while studying the production and injection of green hydrogen to optimise the production of end products, for an equivalent amount of inputs. Five shareholders confirmed their participation in the Board of directors of the project company created to manage BioTJet: Elyse Energy, Avril, Axens, Bionext and IFP Investissements (investment subsidiary of IFP Energies Nouvelles).
What is eM-France?
eM-France is a production programme of 500,000 tonnes per year of e-methanol distributed across 4 chemical platforms in mainland France. e-methanol, produced from low-carbon hydrogen and recycled carbon, provides a carbon intensity reduction solution now available for the chemical and shipping industry.
What is eM-Ibérica?
The eM-Iberica project is a production programme of one million tonnes of e-Methanol in Spain and Portugal. This e-methanol, produced from renewable hydrogen and recycled biogenic carbon, is primarily intended for shipping operators to replace their existing fossil fuels. The eM-Iberica programme includes the joint development of renewable, solar and wind power generation facilities.
What is Avebio?
In conjunction with the Khimod Greentech, Avebio is a research and development project that explores the conversion of CO2 into synthetic kerosene. This R&D project should lead to an industrial pilot for the development of new sustainable aviation fuels.
What does Elyse Energy produce?
Elyse Energy is an independent industrial SME, a pioneer in the production of low-carbon molecules derived from hydrogen. Elyse focuses on two molecules: e-methanol and synthetic kerosene (sustainable aviation fuels).
What is e-methanol?
Methanol is a leading industrial commodity with a worldwide annual production of nearly one hundred million tonnes, essentially from coal and natural gas. e-methanol consists of replacing this fossil methanol with a synthetic molecule. In concrete terms, e-methanol uses low-carbon hydrogen, itself generated by water electrolysis, supplied by renewable or nuclear electricity (hence the prefix “e”), and carbon from industrial processes (biomass heating plants, incinerators, etc.). Hydrogen and carbon are then synthesised in a methanolation reactor. Lastly, methanol is distilled to achieve the desired purity.
What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)?
Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are non-fossil fuels that can be used in existing engines up to certain mix levels, to replace hydrocarbon-derived kerosene with low-carbon synthetic kerosene. These fuels are categorised into two main types of products: biofuels, referred to as advanced when they are derived from waste oils or agricultural waste, and synthetic fuels produced from low-carbon hydrogen and recycled carbon. There are solutions that combine these two pathways, such as Elyse’s BioTJet project.
What is low-carbon hydrogen?
The most abundant chemical element in the universe, the H2 dihydrogen molecule, consisting of two hydrogen atoms, is also commonly referred to as “hydrogen”. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, hydrogen has been used as an industrial intermediate, in particular to fix nitrogen in fertilisers or desulphurise hydrocarbons. It is also arousing strong interest as an energy carrier for direct or indirect use (e.g. production of e-methanol or sustainable aviation fuels). While hydrogen is mainly produced from fossil resources, in particular through steam reforming of natural gas, it can also be produced by water electrolysis: an electric current breaks down the water molecule (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen. Powered by renewable or nuclear electricity, electrolysis enables low-carbon production and indirect electrification of sectors that cannot be directly electrified.
What technologies are used to produce low-carbon molecules?
Through low-carbon hydrogen production and carbon recovery, Elyse Energy produces low-carbon molecules for chemical manufacturers, shipping operators and shipping lines. To produce these molecules, Elyse Energy relies on individually mature technological building blocks which have been tried and tested in the chemical and petrochemical sectors. The integration of these building blocks within the same unit, and their flexible use, nevertheless poses a real technological challenge, where Elyse Energy’s core expertise lies. There are many technologies, including water electrolysis, CO2 capture, biomass recovery, the use of the Fischer-Tropsch process and methanolation (methanol synthesis).
How many employees work for Elyse Energy?
From ten employees in 2021, Elyse Energy has approximately forty in 2023, between France and the Iberian Peninsula.
Where are Elyse Energy’s offices located?
Elyse Energy is a European company with offices in France (Lyon, Marseille, Paris and Artix, near Lacq) and the Iberian Peninsula (Madrid and Lisbon).
How does Elyse Energy’s recruitment process work?
Our recruitment process embodies our values and gives you an idea of what it is like to work within our teams.
Step 1: getting to know each other
The first interview is designed so that we can get to know you and you can get acquainted with Elyse Energy. We will present our company and the position for which the vacancy is open. We will also ask you questions about your current position, your experience and your career aspirations.
There are no right or wrong answers! This is an essential step in clarifying whether the position for which you apply may be suitable for you and whether you match our search.
Step 2: looking ahead
During the second interview, we will delve deeper into the technical skills required for your success, while assessing your ability to bring further knowledge to the team. Your future manager will answer all your questions and you will be able to jointly build your future position. We therefore await your input and expect you to be creative
Step 3: state of mind
In the final stage of the recruitment process, you will meet one of the founders of Elyse Energy to confirm that your mindset is a match for our corporate culture and how we achieve our mission. We also like to get your feedback from your previous meetings.
Step 4: references (optional)
We believe in our ability to properly evaluate each candidate. Nevertheless, there are situations where we prefer to ask for external feedback in order to make a more informed decision. We believe it is important to get to know you better by talking to people who have actually worked with you. In any event, we will ask for your consent and the contact details of the persons we may contact.
Step 5: realisation
Throughout the hiring process, we share our feedback from your interviews. After your last appointment, we bring together the people you met. If we decide to make an offer, the participants decide on the level at which we will make the offer, based on the entire hiring process and the levels of our salary scale.
What is our recruitment timeline?
The fact that we conduct a multi-step recruitment process does not mean we are unable to act quickly! Once the first step has been completed, our recruitment process lasts an average of 2 weeks.
What do we expect from you in the recruitment process?
At Elyse Energy, we want to be as transparent as possible about our internal processes. It is therefore important to us that each candidate is aware of the criteria under which they will be evaluated.
1/ Common interest: we hire people who clearly see the interest in striving for a low-carbon economy, for a more virtuous industry and mobility. If you wish to participate with us, show us your interest and your curiosity in this regard!
2/ Authenticity: Recruitment is above all an opportunity for us to meet. The best way to tell if you are a match for our teams is to be as authentic as possible at every meeting!
3/ Soft skills: joining a young SME means being able to adapt to a steady growth rate. To do this, we value the agility of our employees, their humility to serve the common ambition, with a taste for constant challenges and the search for excellence. Inquisitiveness, sharing and autonomy are essential for joining our teams.
4/ Fluent English: English is the working language at Elyse, which means that most documents are written and most meetings are held in English. It is therefore very important for those who join us to be fluent in English. This is how you can participate fully in the company’s life and thrive within our teams. We also appreciate Spanish speakers
5/ Communication: in addition to the soft skills we have mentioned, we love savvy or expert candidates in a given field. The ability to communicate cross-functionally and externally to share and develop what we is crucial. Knowing how to give and receive feedback is a considerable advantage.
What do we not expect from you in the recruitment process?
– In-depth knowledge of our company: we do not expect you to know Elyse Energy or our technologies inside out. We simply encourage you to ask us as many questions as possible and to prepare you for each interview as best you can
– Come to our offices: at Elyse Energy, we work mostly remotely. The recruitment process can be conducted completely remotely; it is not an obstacle to your recruitment! Of course, it is with pleasure that we will also meet at our offices if we and you feel this is more suitable.
Are you a match for Elyse Energy?
We are a young, fast-growing SME and we address new challenges every day. Joining Elyse Energy means embracing rapid change and contributing to developing our standards. Our operating rules evolve with our structure and we fully understand this may not be to everyone’s liking!
We advocate a high degree of transparency in all areas, which does not mean seeking consensus at all costs or multiple validations. Our employees make decisions and bear their consequences.
We provide our employees with great freedom of action and movement. Everyone is free to organise their time remotely and face-to-face in our various offices. Our projects also require frequent travel that forms part of our daily lives. Each employee is therefore responsible for their own work/life balance, even if we are very mindful of this.
How to apply?
You can apply for a job vacancy directly on our website or send an unsolicited application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How will my CV be reviewed? Will I get a response?
At Elyse Energy, we respond to all applications. You can therefore receive an email or a call from a recruiter who will give you the response. Please note that the processing time of your application may vary depending on the activity, so please be patient.
A posting has been listed on your website for a long time. Is the position still vacant?
Yes, all online postings on our website are still vacant. We may recruit several people for the same job.
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