During the visit of Mr Moon Jae-In, President of South Korea, to the Air Liquide hydrogen station at Place de l'Alma, Benoît Potier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide, reaffirmed the Group's commitment to support the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure for mobility. On this occasion, he announced the installation of 4 new hydrogen stations for mobility in Korea as well as the project to build 2 new stations in Paris region.
Convinced that hydrogen will play a key role in the energy transition, Air Liquide is a pioneer in the development of the entire value chain. As such, Air Liquide has already designed and installed 100 hydrogen stations for mobility around the world.
Today, there are about 300 hydrogen electric vehicles in France, including 100 hype taxis in Paris (Hyundai ix35 and Toyota Mirai). France has now about twenty stations, nearly 50% of which are designed and installed by Air Liquide, whether for light vehicles or commercial vehicles such as forklifts for logistics platforms. Three hydrogen stations are operational in Paris and the Paris region: Place de l'Alma, Orly airport and Versailles. This will soon be completed by two new stations.
In Korea, the Government recently announced its intention to accelerate the development of the hydrogen sector in mobility, and plans to invest around 2 billion euros. The plan aims to encourage the creation of public-private partnerships with a target of 310 stations and 16,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles across the country by 2022. Air Liquide will participate in this plan’s operational implementation.
Benoît Potier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide, said: “Hydrogen will play a major role in energy transition. President Moon Jae-In's visit to our station in Paris is a strong symbol that illustrates Korea's commitment to the development of the hydrogen sector. Interest and international commitment to this solution is becoming increasingly important, as reflected in the momentum of the Hydrogen Council, which we created in 2017 with 13 members and which now brings together 54 of the world's largest companies.”
Hydrogen is a solution to the challenge of clean transport and thus contributes to improving air quality. When used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity by releasing only water. Air Liquide controls the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage, distribution and application development for end users.