Air Liquide and Sichuan Houpu Excellent Hydrogen Energy Technology, a wholly-owned affiliate of Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding, have today signed an agreement to cooperate for the development, the manufacturing and the commercialisation of hydrogen (H2) stations for fuel cell electric vehicles.
This agreement comes in the context of the Chinese government’s 13th five-year plan, which aims notably to support the development and sale of H2-powered electric vehicles serving clean mobility.
The two companies intend to collaborate for the joint development of full value chain projects to foster the build-up of a H2 refuelling infrastructure in China.
This cooperation would bring together Air Liquide’s global technology expertise for H2 solutions and Houpu’s expertise for station manufacturing and construction, leveraging on Houpu’s leadership for CNG/LNG (Compressed Natural Gas/Liquid Natural Gas) stations in the Chinese market.
With this unique know-how combination, Air Liquide and Houpu would provide customers with state-of-the-art hydrogen solutions and address the fast-growing market demand for environmental-friendly solutions in China.
This agreement illustrates Air Liquide’s contribution to the energy transition challenge, where it drives innovation in clean mobility and offers natural energy sources to replace fossil fuels.
H2 is a solution to the challenge of clean transport and thus contributes to improving air quality. When used in a fuel cell, H2 combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity by releasing only water.
Air Liquide controls the entire H2 supply chain, from production to storage, distribution and application development for end users.