In a joint effort to help decarbonise industry and reach net zero emissions by 2050, energy giants Air Liquide and TotalEnergies are to collaborate on a large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution at the Normandy area, France.

To support both company’s aims to reduce carbon emissions, Air Liquide will use its Cryocap carbon capture technology to help reduce the carbon emitted by TotalEnergies’ hydrogen production unit.

The transportation and storage process will be handled by TotalEnergies through projects such as Norway’s Northern Lights and the Dutch Aramis CCS project.

This planned investment at TotalEnergies Normandy platform will enhance its ‘industrial competitiveness’ according to Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals and Member of the Executive Committee, TotalEnergies.

He added, “These projects contribute to the collective effort launched in the Le Havre industrial zone and the Axe Seine. This is fully aligned with our ambition to get to net zero emissions by 2050.”

Air Liquide’s patented Cryocap system could prove to be essential in helping the company achieve those ambitions.

The innovative solution uses a cryogenic process which involves very low temperatures helping to separate gases. Aside from contributing to the mitigation of CO2 emissions from hydrogen production units, the highly adaptable technology can also capture CO2 produced by steel plants and thermal power stations.

This technology is expected to reduce carbon emissions from the unit’s hydrogen production by around 650,000 tonnes per year by 2030.

François Jackow, Executive Vice President, Air Liquide, stated that the range of solutions developed by the company has enabled it to support its customers in their path towards energy transition.

“In line with our objective to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, Air Liquide is acting now to develop low-carbon and renewable hydrogen production and build a more sustainable future,“ he concluded.

A deal signed by the partners in July of this year aims to develop Normandy’s CCS capabilities with a target of an up-to three million tonne reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030.