Siemens Energy and Air Liquide have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective to combine their expertise in PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolysis technology. They intend to focus their activities on these key areas: co-creation of large industrial-scale hydrogen projects in collaboration with customers, laying the ground for mass manufacturing of electrolyzers in Europe, especially in Germany and France, and R&D activities to co-develop next generation electrolyzer technologies.
Air Liquide has developed a new 20 MW PEM electrolyzer which is now producing up to 8.2 tons per day of low-carbon hydrogen in Bécancour, Québec, Canada. The electrolysis unit is equipped with the Cummins technology and is expected to meet the growing demand for low-carbon hydrogen in North America.
With an aim to support large-scale renewable hydrogen production in France, Air Liquide has acquired stake in H2V Normandy which intends to create a large-scale electrolyzer complex of up to 200 MW for the production of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen in the country.
Air Liquide has secured a contract by Asda, one of the leading retailers in the UK for the installation and operation of six biomethane distribution stations which will be useful for refuelling trucks.
The two production units are expected to recycle organic material from agricultural and livestock activities and convert it into biomethane. The facilities will be constructed in Truccazzano, Milan and Fontanella, Bergamo.
With an aim to further support its extreme cryogenics business, Air Liquide has taken over a majority stake in Cryoconcept, a firm specialising in dilution refrigeration. With this move, the company will be able to offer its customers with a complete range of products and services across the entire cold chain.
The new Air Separation Unit (ASU) is expected to have an oxygen production capacity of more than 2,000 tonnes per day and will be built in China’s Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. The plant will enable Air Liquide to strengthen its position in the industrial basin.
Post the agreement signed between Air Liquide and Sasol in July, Air Liquide has now finalised the agreement to acquire Sasol’s oxygen production site in South Africa. The move is expected to reduce the France-based company’s CO2 emissions by 30 %.
The new Air Separation Unit (ASU) is fit to accommodate renewable energy in the grid and will be used to produce 2,200 tonnes of oxygen per day. The unit will also be built with the proprietary solution Alive.