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Air Liquide to build liquid hydrogen production plant

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Air Liquide will build the first world scale liquid hydrogen production unit for hydrogen energy markets, and has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc. (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in the US, to supply hydrogen to FEF’s retail liquid hydrogen fuelling stations in California, US.

These new commitments will serve the growing needs of the hydrogen mobility market in California and help enable and complement the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and support the hydrogen merchant market across the state.

Air Liquide expects to invest over US$150 million to build the liquid hydrogen plant, with construction to begin in early 2019.

The plant will have a capacity of nearly 30 tpd of hydrogen – an amount that can fuel 35 000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

40 000 FCEVs are expected to be deployed in the state of California by 2022.

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.

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