Air Liquide build $150 mn hydrogen plant; Signs supply contract with FEF

Air Liquide to build $150 mn hydrogen plant; Signs supply contract with FEF

7:26 AM, 27th November 2018
Hydrogen Station
Air Liquide's hydrogen station. (File photo)

PARIS, FRANCE: Air Liquide SA said that it will build the first world-scale liquid hydrogen production unit in Western US.

Dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, the company expects to invest over $150 million, with construction to begin in early 2019. 

In addition, the company has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in US, to supply hydrogen to its retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California.

The plant will have a capacity of nearly 30 tons of hydrogen per day — an amount that can fuel 35,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The new plant is the first large scale investment into the supply chain infrastructure needed to support hydrogen energy solutions for the energy transition, starting with transport and mobility. 

In addition to the long-term supply agreement, Air Liquide and FEF have entered into an agreement outlining Air Liquide’s intent to make an equity investment in FEF, following previous assistance to the company by Toyota and Honda.

With these agreements, Air Liquide also builds upon its existing collaborations with Toyota and Honda to further enable a robust hydrogen fueling infrastructure and, along with others, bolster the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles and the retail fueling infrastructure in California.

"This new investment in hydrogen production and our collaborative relationship with FirstElement Fuel, further demonstrate our long-term commitment to the development of hydrogen energy for mobility, and accelerate the deployment of new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles — cars, trucks, buses — planned by automotive manufacturers like Toyota, Honda and other leading OEMs. We are convinced that hydrogen is an essential sustainable energy vector of the future and a cornerstone of the energy transition," said Michael Graff, executive vice president & Executive Committee member of L’Air Liquide SA and chairman & CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings Inc.

“This signals a transitional moment for the hydrogen automobile market. Air Liquide is bringing significant private investment to build a key piece for growing California's hydrogen network.  It's yet another indication of the momentum for hydrogen as a replacement for gasoline," added Joel Ewanick, founder & CEO of FirstElement Fuel Inc.

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