Air Liquide and Groupe ADP today inaugurated the first public hydrogen (H2) station installed in an airport zone in France.
Designed and installed by the Tier One company with the support of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), it promotes the deployment of ‘Hype’, the world’s first H2-powered taxi fleet. The Parisian taxi fleet was launched by the start-up Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) in 2015, in partnership with Air Liquide.
Currently powered by an Air Liquide station located in the heart of the French capital, at Cours Albert 1er near Pont de l’Alma, the fleet counts more than 50 H2-powered vehicles and plans to grow to 600 taxis by 2020. Air Liquide will continue to support the growth of this offer by opening new H2 stations around Paris in 2018, notably one near Versailles, and another at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Speaking about the new station, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, Benoît Potier, said, “Present in the H2 sector for 50 years, Air Liquide is actively developing its energy applications today and is involved in the organisation of this field, mostly through the Hydrogen Council.”
“The installation of this charging station at the Orly Airport, in collaboration with Groupe ADP, marks a new step in the development of clean mobility in and around Paris. It also illustrates the maturity of technologies and the mobilization of a growing number of players in promoting hydrogen energy. Indeed, this molecule has a key role to play in the energy transition thanks to its capacity to store renewable energies and its various applications for industry and transport.”
Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP, added, “The rollout of this innovative equipment in collaboration with Air Liquide is one of the embodiment of our ambitious policy promoting innovation while protecting the environment. A H2 station will also be installed at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in 2018. This new energy offer provides access to new modes of transportation and allows us to reaffirm our role as an experimental territory and as a key player in the field of mobility.”