Hydrogen Ecomobility Project of John Cockerill and Liege Airport Gets the Green Light

By May 10, 2021 3   min read  (513 words)

May 10, 2021 |

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The HaYrport® project has taken a decisive step forward: the Walloon Government gave the green light to the project of John Cockerill and Liege Airport to deploy a green hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure on the airport site.

  • HaYrport® will enable 100% clean eco-mobility at the airport.
  • The facilities are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022.
  • This project further strengthens John Cockerill’s position as a major player in the energy transition.

With 20% of the world market for electrolysers, John Cockerill is today the world leader in the field. It designs and manufactures the most powerful electrolysers on the market and has more than 1000 references to date. Already in July 2018, it announced its collaboration with Liège Airport with the objective of equipping the airport with facilities for the production, distribution, and use of green hydrogen, intended to operate the airport’s captive fleet. and shuttles. Hydrogen is a solution of the future allowing 100% clean eco-mobility.

The whole process will be fully “zero emissions” since the electrolyser which will produce the hydrogen will itself be powered by green electricity produced by photovoltaic panels installed at the airport. The production capacity will be 200 kg of hydrogen per day, enough to supply vehicles from the airport but also vehicles from other companies and local institutions, allowing them to travel nearly 20,000 km.

In addition to allowing mobility without CO2 emissions, green hydrogen offers rapid recharging and significant autonomy. For example, a private car can be recharged in 5 minutes with a range of over 500km. Enough to promote “zero-carbon” mobility in Liège on a daily basis, silent and without particle emissions, for better air quality.

An innovative project, HaYrport® will benefit from a regional subsidy of 6 million euros in order to meet the additional cost of hydrogen production compared to conventional petroleum fuels. In addition, the construction of the facilities will be covered by a loan of 6 million under the Kyoto Fund. The infrastructures should be fully operational by the end of 2022.

Frédéric Jacquet, Managing Director ai of Liege Airport: “This is a key first step which has been taken with the confirmed support of the Walloon Government. This cumulative support for John Cockerill’s expertise illustrates Liege Airport’s ambition to be part of a proactive approach to respect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint ”

Jean-Luc Maurange, CEO of John Cockerill: “We are happy to be able to count on the support of the Walloon Government to develop HaYrport®, a true solution of the future for mobility. It is a unique project aimed at designing entirely green mobility around Liege Airport. With HaYrport®, John Cockerill further consolidates its position as a major player in the energy transition. ”

About Liege Airport: 

Liege Airport, the 6th cargo airport in Europe and 1st in Belgium, is the only European airport that gives priority to full cargo (#freightersfirst). It specializes in express transport, e-commerce, medical and humanitarian equipment, pharmaceutical and perishable products, as well as live animals.

Source: John Cokerill

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