On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the French government announced its support for Air Liquide’s 200 MW electrolyser project, in the context of the development of the hydrogen industry in Europe. Called Normand’Hy, this large-scale renewable hydrogen production project has obtained the commitment of the French government to support the €190 million subsidy request submitted by the French industrial company to the European Union.
Air Liquide announces that it has received the support of the French government, subject to validation by the European Commission, to launch its electrolyser project in Normandy with an initial capacity of 200 MW. As part of the PIIEC Hydrogen (Important Project of Common European Interest Hydrogen), the installation should supply TotalEnergies’ Normandy refinery with renewable hydrogen, and will use Siemens Energy’s proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology, as part of the partnership announced by Air Liquide and Siemens Energy in February 2021. The electrolyser will be located in Port-Jérôme and is scheduled to be operational in 2025. The Normand’Hy project is the first time an electrolysis technology of this scale has been implemented. The installation will be able to supply renewable hydrogen to industrial companies in the Normandy region and contribute to the development of low-carbon mobility on the Seine axis. It is in addition to the existing Air Liquide plant in Port-Jérôme and a third plant that Air Liquide will soon buy from TotalEnergies in Gonfreville. The French Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, emphasized that “this is a public investment of 200 million euros that will enable us to build one of the largest decarbonated hydrogen plants in the world, and it is proof that France can be one of the world’s champions in decarbonated hydrogen production”.
With the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Air Liquide and TotalEnergies for a long-term renewable electricity supply contract (PPA), the Group is at the heart of a European renewable hydrogen production ecosystem that combines technology, renewable energy and applications. With a strong Franco-German base, Air Liquide and Siemens Energy are contributing to the development of a European renewable hydrogen industry, and the production of green hydrogen is contributing to the decarbonization of the refining industry in this major French industrial region, in line with the RED2 regulation.
As part of a global project to decarbonize the Normandy industrial area, manufacturers Air Liquide, Borealis, Esso S.A.F, TotalEnergies and Yara International have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a CO2 capture and storage infrastructure in Normandy in order to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3 million tonnes per year by 2030. The CEO of the Air Liquide Group, Benoît Potier, declared: “The creation of this ecosystem with our partners illustrates the willingness and ability of industrial players to provide concrete solutions to the fight against global warming. It is in line with our Sustainable Development strategy, which aims not only to reduce our emissions but also to provide a range of solutions to decarbonize industry”.