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Air Liquide selected as partner for the multi-fuel stations pilot project in the province of Québec

Photo officielle projets multicarburants Quebec

The project was launched  by the province’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, with the participation of other associated partners: the Coop fédérée, through its Energy branch Sonic, Toyota Canada, Gaz Métro and Hydro-Québec.The first station should be ready by the end of 2018 and, followed by at least two other similar stations in high-usage areas. The targeted regions are Montréal, Québec, Eastern Townships and Outaouais.Read the MERN’s press release (in French only):

Hydrogen, clean energy

In the midst of deep changes in the energy sector, and continued need to reduce carbon emissions, hydrogen meets the challenges of clean transportation, reducing greenhouse gases, pollution and dependency on oil-based fuels.

Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from ambient air to produce electricity and water which is the only byproduct. Hydrogen can be produced from various energy sources, in particular from renewable energy sources, like hydroelectricity. Hydrogen thus has great potential to provide clean energy and be an alternative to fossil fuels.

Hydrogen energy is a fast-growing field in which Air Liquide masters the entire supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and uses for the end user. Air Liquide is actively involved in the development of hydrogen energy and the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy in fuel cell vehicles.

A proven solution

Hydrogen cars are efficient for long-distance journeys: they can be refilled in less than five minutes and offer 500 km of driving range. Such journeys represent 75% of CO2 emissions from the transport sector. These vehicles do not generate any pollution on the point of use: zero CO2 emissions and zero noise.

Air Liquide is globally contributing to the growing use of hydrogen in the transport sector by supporting the creation of the necessary hydrogen charging infrastructure . Air Liquide has already participated in the delivery of 75 hydrogen stations worldwide. Most recent examples include:

Air Liquide’s commitment

With its Blue Hydrogen initiative, Air Liquide is firmly moving towards a gradual decarbonization of its hydrogen production dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, the company has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary to these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020, by combining:

  • biogas reforming,
  • the use of renewable energies during water electrolysis, and
  • the use of the 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.

Get more information on hydrogen and Air Liquide participation in the energy transition on the Group’s website.