Air Liquide joins H2V’s green hydrogen project in Normandy. The French industrial gases giant has taken a 40% stake in H2V Normandy, a subsidiary of the H2V Product group. Air Liquide is therefore the main partner in the project for a vast green hydrogen complex in Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine, in Seine-Maritime.
H2V Normandy has managed to obtain its construction permit in the fall of 2020. These constructions include 25 electrolysers, supplied by the Norwegian company HydrgenPro. This new complex will also create nearly 150 jobs.
The objective of the large-scale electrolyser project led by H2V Normandy is to provide renewable and low-carbon hydrogen for industrial applications, as well as for future heavy mobility applications. The project is part of an ambitious program to develop new energies to decarbonize industrial activities (refining and chemicals) to avoid the emission of 250,000 tons of CO2 per year.
In this project, Air Liquide will accompany H2V Normandy with its expertise of over 50 years. But this will not be the only green hydrogen production for Air Liquide. Indeed, the French company currently has two assets outside France. It first started with a first unit in Denmark in 2017. Then, since the end of 2020, Air Liquide is also present in Bécancour and in Quebec with its second production unit.
However, the Normandy complex would be significantly larger than its Danish and Canadian counterparts, since the Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine plant has a capacity of 200 MW. Compared to the 1.2 MW in Denmark and the 20 MW in Quebec, the Normandy production will be much larger. The Normandy complex will produce more than 28,000 tons of hydrogen per year, or 3% of the national production. For this, the two French companies have decided to invest between 230 and 251 million euros.
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