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Air Liquide invests in world’s largest membrane-based electrolyser

Air Liquide will use build the electrolyser to increase the hydrogen capacity of its Bécancour facility by 50%

Air Liquide has announced the construction in Canada of the largest PEM (Proton-Exchange Membrane) electrolyser in the world with a 20 MW capacity for the production of carbon-free hydrogen. This investment allows the group to reaffirm its long-term commitment to the hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be a major player in the supply of carbon-free hydrogen.

Air Liquide will install a 20 MW electrolyser that increases by 50% the current capacity of its hydrogen facility located in Bécancour, Québec. This new PEM electrolyser, with Hydrogenics technology, will be the world’s largest and will serve the increasing demand for carbon-free hydrogen. Bécancour’s proximity to major industrial markets in Canada and the US will help ensure North America’s supply of low-carbon hydrogen for both industry and mobility usage.

This new production unit will significantly reduce carbon intensity, compared to the traditional hydrogen production process. Emissions of nearly 27,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to those of about 10,000 sedan cars per year, will then be prevented.

Michael Graff, executive vice-president and executive committee member of Air Liquide and chairman and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings said: “This investment will help further contribute towards carbon-free hydrogen supply for Air Liquide industrial and mobility markets in North America and complement the recently announced hydrogen investment for the energy markets in the western US. Both are reflective of the group’s Climate Objectives: to reduce the carbon intensity of its activities and work with customers towards a sustainable industry and the development of a low-carbon society.”

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