Strasbourg launches its regional RER, TotalEnergies its line of recycled polypropylene… The seven good news of the week

Strasbourg puts the first RER into service outside of Paris

After four years of preparation, the RER of the Grand-Est region was put into service on Sunday, December 11. The European Metropolitan Express Network (REME) aims to increase the transport offer by 43% on the axes concerned with trains running from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week and for 95 stations served. Cross-border lines will be incorporated from 2025.

A state-of-the-art heat pump for a Trane France site in the Vosges

The heating specialist has equipped its site in Charmes (Vosges) a high-performance heat pump (PAC), which should enable it to reduce its carbon emissions by 1,800 tonnes per year. Inaugurated on December 15, the 1,200 kilowatt thermal installation replaces gas boilers for heating the site. This investment, the amount of which is not specified, is made within the framework of the group’s carbon neutrality objective in 2030. It will also install a heat pump in another Vosges site in 2023, with the objective of eliminating completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels at both sites by 2027.

TotalEnergies invests in a new line of recycled polypropylene

This is TotalEnergies’ first significant investment in Carling-Saint-Avold (Moselle) since the shutdown in 2015 of its base petrochemical facilities. The French giant announces 11.7 million euros for the development of a third production line for polypropylene granules compound (PPC). It will be commissioned in 2024 and will incorporate recycled plastic materials from household waste and end-of-life car parts.

Nestlé expands its production site dedicated to animal feed

The Purina factory in Marconnelle (Pas-de-Calais) has just acquired a new production line, adding 35,000 tons of capacity, mainly for kibble production. More than 140 million euros have been invested over the past ten years to ramp up the largest factory of Purina’s five French sites, with a production capacity of 275,000 tonnes per year. In addition, the site is hiring, and should increase from 450 to 500 employees in 2023.

Technip Energies chosen as wind turbine designer

Technip Energies finds its place in the offshore wind market. The group has been selected by the Italian company Renexia to carry out the engineering and preliminary design of the Med Wind floating wind farm, worth nine billion euros. Located in the Sicily Channel, the infrastructure will have an installed capacity of 2.8 GW, enough to supply energy to more than three million Italian homes.

A Frenchman rewarded by Prince William for his edible packaging

The London start-up Notpla, created by Frenchman Pierre Paslier, was honored at the Earthshot Prize by Prince William and his co-jurors, including Cate Blanchett, Jack Ma and Shakira, for the seaweed-based packaging called “Ooho”. These spheres are designed to close liquids and are intended for instant consumption during sporting, festive or cultural events. Notpla is already a Just Eat partner in six countries, as Ooho can also contain sauces.

Dataiku develops its AI platform for businesses

The Franco-American start-up Dataiku has announced that it has successfully raised $200 million in a difficult economic context. The unicorn is developing a platform allowing each employee, regardless of their role, to access data science and artificial intelligence tools, with the aim of democratizing these uses. The tools can respond to marketing optimization, predictive maintenance or fraud detection issues. Its clients include companies such as UnileverGE Aviation or even NATO.

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