Air Liquide has accelerated the deployment of its hydrogen (H2) infrastructure in both Europe and Korea following a visit from Korean President, Park Geun-hye.
Guen-hye met with Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of the Air Liquide Group at the Tier One corporation’s site in Grenoble where both parties committed to increasing the number of H2 stations, as well as increasing the number of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) fleets, across both Europe and Korea.
Following deals with Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai, Air Liquide will accelerate the rollout of its H2 infrastructure throughout the North Pacific rim country, fuelling wide scale acceptance of FCEVs.
We will together move forward towards an accelerated development of H2 mobility in Europe and Korea
In Europe, a similar deal will see Air Liquide develop FCEV fleet projects. The corporation has already installed the first H2 station in Paris to serve the Hype Taxi fleet, which currently comprises five Hyundai ix-35 FCEVs. The aim is to increase this taskforce to 70 vehicles.
Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice-President of advanced Business and Technologies at the French company, emphasised, “We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Hyundai, a key actor for the deployment of FCEVs. We will together move forward towards an accelerated development of H2 mobility in Europe and Korea.”
Air Liquide’s site in Grenoble is dedicated to investigating new energies and advanced technologies and employs around 700 staff to develop solutions for the aerospace, scientific, H2 energy and biogas purification markets.