Air Liquide invests in the world’s largest membrane-based electrolyzer
In Canada, Air Liquide has announced the construction of the world's largest Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer, a 20 MW capacity unit in Québec (QC) for the production of carbon-free hydrogen. This investment allows the Group to reaffirm its long-term commitment to the North American hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be a major player in the supply of carbon-free hydrogen.
Air Liquide will install a 20 MW electrolyzer that will increase by 50 percent the current capacity of its hydrogen facility in Bécancour, Québec and will significantly reduce carbon intensity, compared to the traditional hydrogen production process. This new PEM electrolyzer, with Hydrogenics technology, will be the world’s largest and will serve the increasing demand for carbon-free hydrogen.
Bécancour’s proximity to major industrial markets in Canada and the United States will help ensure North America’s supply of low-carbon hydrogen for both industry and mobility usage.
This investment will help further contribute towards carbon-free hydrogen supply for Air Liquide industrial and mobility markets in North America and complement the recently announced hydrogen investment for the energy markets in the western U.S. Both are reflective of the Group’s Climate Objectives: to reduce the carbon intensity of its activities and work with customers towards a sustainable industry and the development of a low-carbon society, said Michael J. Graff, Executive Vice President & Executive Committee Member of Air Liquide S.A. and Chairman & CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.