Air Liquide supports three high-tech and clean-energy projects in Japan

April 27, 2010

Japan is actively seeking to develop technologies in fields such as material science, biomedical research and clean-energy, so as to address some of the challenges posed by its scarce natural energy resources and ageing population.

Air Liquide has recently been selected in three technology-projects.

The Group will provide helium liquefiers to two prominent universities in Japan for their fundamental research activities.

In Kyoto University, the helium will be used in the “Low Temperature and Material Science Laboratory” to provide cold power to scientific experiments ranging from material science to nuclear magnetic resonance.

In Iwate University (Morioka City, northern Japan), the helium will mainly be used for material and biomedical research.

Air Liquide will also provide a 350 bar hydrogen filling station to power a fuel cell vehicle as part of a project conducted by the regional government of Saga (southern Japan) to demonstrate the feasibility of a complete “green hydrogen” chain from wood chips to clean mobility.

Jean-Marc de Royere, Senior Vice-President Asia-Pacific, a member of the Executive Committee, said: “We are keen to develop such high-tech and clean-energy projects with Japanese partners in industry & academia. We recognize the outstanding capabilities of Japan in Research and new technologies. High-Tech is one of the five growth drivers of Air Liquide and Japan plays a central role in this strategy.”