Linde (a global multinational chemical company also involved in the production, processing, storage and distribution of hydrogen) has started up its fifth liquid hydrogen plant in La Porte, Texas, US, strengthening its supply network of plants in California, Alabama, Indiana and New York.
The new plant will supply over 30 tonnes/day of high-purity liquid hydrogen to fulfil the growing demand of its customers.
The liquefier takes hydrogen from the Linde’s 600 km US Gulf Coast pipeline, which has over 15 independent hydrogen production sources. Linde will purify and liquefy the hydrogen before supplying it to end-users, including material handling, mobility, aerospace, manufacturing, metals, energy and electronics.
Jeff Barnhard, VP South Region, Linde, said, “This plant will not only boost the reliability of our existing network but will also make the supply chain more efficient and increase our ability to serve the rising demand from existing and new customers, for both conventional and clean hydrogen.”
Early this year, Linde was also selected by Norwegian ferry operator Norled to supply liquid hydrogen and related infrastructure to the world’s first operational hydrogen-powered ferry, transporting both cars and passengers. Linde to provide a full-service solution to the MF Hydra ferry in Norway. Liquid hydrogen will be supplied from Linde’s new 24 MW electrolyser at the Leuna Chemical Complex in Germany, which will use PEM technology to produce green hydrogen. Linde to build and install onshore and onboard hydrogen storage, distribution and safety equipment. The hydrogen supply is set to start in 2022, resulting in the ferry slashing its annual carbon emissions by up to 95%.
This year Linde also announced its partnership with Hyosung Corporation, one of South Korea’s largest industrial conglomerates, to build, own and operate extensive new liquid hydrogen infrastructure in South Korea. The Ulsan plant would have a capacity of over 30 tonnes/day, processing enough hydrogen to fuel 100,000 cars and save up to 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions annually. The first phase of the project is expected to start operations in 2023. Linde will sell and distribute the liquid hydrogen to the mobility market in South Korea and will build, own and operate a nationwide network of hydrogen refuelling stations.