Air Liquide accelerates H2V Normandy project

This acquisition is a key step in producing renewable hydrogen on a large scale in France.

Air Liquide has accelerated its speed towards developing the H2V Normandy project in the industrial zone of Port-Jérôme, France.

Air Liquide has now increased its stack from 40% to 100% and renamed the project Air Liquide Normand’Hy. The project aims to build a large-scale PEM electrolyser of around 200 MW to produce renewable hydrogen in France and support the development of a low-carbon hydrogen ecosystem in the Normandy industrial basin. The plant would be connected to its hydrogen pipeline network in Normandy, the world’s first low-carbon hydrogen network.

The project is expected to be commissioned in 2025 and supply renewable hydrogen for industrial and heavy mobility applications, helping to avoid over 250k tonnes/year of CO2 emission.

Air Liquide Normand’Hy’s public inquiry for the environmental permit has just been completed. The project is also qualified for the second round of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Innovation Fund 2020 call and has been pre-notified to the EU by French authorities under the IPCEI H2 all for projects.

François Jackow, Executive VP, said, “Drawing on the Group’s expertise, the Air Liquide Normand’Hy project will be a key asset to decarbonise the Normandy industrial basin, one of the largest in Europe. It will contribute to the development of a low-carbon society with hydrogen as one of its key levers.”

Last week, Air Liquide and Faurecia signed a joint development agreement to design and produce on-board liquid hydrogen storage systems for the automotive industry to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission heavy-duty mobility. Air Liquide will bring its expertise in the entire liquid hydrogen value chain, including extreme cryogenics, storage technology, refuelling interface and infrastructure know-how, while Faurecia to bring its architecture and systems integration expertise.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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