Air Liquide and Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding co., Ltd (Houpu) have finalised a joint venture agreement for the development, production and distribution of hydrogen refilling stations in China.

The joint venture, Air Liquide Houpu Hydrogen Equipment co., Ltd., will enable the two companies to jointly promote the development of a network of hydrogen stations in China.

The collaboration will combine Air Liquide’s experience in clean hydrogen mobility solutions with Houpu’s experience in the production and construction of natural gas refilling stations on the Chinese market.

“The creation of this joint venture with Houpu illustrates the willingness of the Chinese market players to contribute to decarbonise transportation, reduce urban pollution and preserve the environment,” said François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and member of the Air Liquide Group Executive Committee.

“Air Liquide is facilitating the development of hydrogen mobility and its adoption by users. This commitment, in line with the group’s climate objectives, is all the more significant given that China is the world’s largest car market,” Darchis continued.

The agreement is aligned with the Chinese government’s 13th five-year plan, which aims to support clean mobility through the development and sale of fuel cell electric vehicles.

The partnership illustrates Air Liquide’s contribution to the challenge of the energy transition and clean mobility by offering alternative energy solutions.

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