On June 4 th , 2016, Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Air Liquide’s Sassenage site, near Grenoble, France, in the presence of Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of the Air Liquide Group. On the occasion of this state visit, Air Liquide and Hyundai committed to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) in Korea and in Europe.
Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Air Liquide’s Grenoble site, dedicated to new energies and advanced technologies. On this site, 700 employees develop user-focused, innovative and competitive solutions from the advanced technologies - for Space, Aerospace, Scientific Research markets-, to the Energy Transition territories (Hydrogen Energy, Biogas purification…).
On this occasion, Air Liquide and Hyundai committed to strengthen their collaboration in the field of hydrogen mobility, with the objective to increase the number of hydrogen stations and FCEV fleets both in Korea and in Europe.
In Korea, in line with the national Green Car Roadmap ambitions, Air Liquide and Hyundai intend to collaborate for the deployment of hydrogen stations enabling the successful roll-out of Hyundai FCEV. In Europe, Air Liquide and Hyundai intend to further develop FCEV fleet projects such as taxis or municipal fleets. In France, Air Liquide has installed the first hydrogen station in the heart of Paris at the occasion of COP21 to serve the hydrogen-powered electric vehicles of the Hype Taxi fleet, currently composed of five Hyundai ix-35 cars. The objective is to increase this Taxi fleet to 70 vehicles.
Air Liquide is furthermore a sponsor of the 2015-2016 France-Korea year celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity while releasing only water. Hydrogen can be produced from diverse sources of energy, including natural gas, but also from many renewable energy sources. This makes hydrogen one of the solutions for the supply of clean energy, while its storage capacity offers a guarantee of supply safety.
Blue Hydrogen is an Air Liquide program whose goal is to gradually decarbonize its production of hydrogen dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020 by combining:
- the use of renewable energies, water electrolysis, and biogas reforming
- the use of technologies for the capture and upgrading of carbon emitted during the process of producing hydrogen from natural gas
Even when it is produced from natural gas, hydrogen is a virtuous energy: for equal distance traveled, hydrogen cars allow to reduce GHG emissions by 20% compared with internal combustion vehicles and don’t produce any fine particles.