As part of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the US yesterday, Air Liquide affirmed its commitment to hydrogen technologies as it strives for a low carbon future.

Celebrated on the 8th October, in recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen – 1.008 – National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day stands as a global opportunity to celebrate achievements in the industry and raise awareness.

To celebrate the annual event, the industrial gas gaint yesterday shared some of its achievements and projects in North America.

In Nevada, the company is currently building a largescale liquid hydrogen production plant to supply the California mobility market. The plant, which is an investment of over $150m, will be capable of producing over 30 tonnes of liquid hydrogen per day.

For the Canadian market, Air Liquide is installing the “world’s largest” PEM electrolysers to produce carbon-free hydrogen at its plant in Bècancour, Canada. With the installation, approximately 27,000 tonnes of CO2 per year will be prevented.

In a statement, Mike Graff, Chairman & CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. and Executive Vice-President, Air Liquide Group, said, “Hydrogen is playing a unique and essential role in the transition to a clean energy economy.” 

“On this 6th National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, Air Liquide is proud to be a world leader in the development of hydrogen infrastructure and technologies, especially here in the US.”

“By increasing investment in the hydrogen economy, the U.S. will benefit from game-changing technology for the transportation, power and industrials sectors, all while assuring continued energy system reliability, affordability and security.”

“Hydrogen will play a major role in contributing to the development of a low carbon society, and is key to the expansion of zero emissions vehicles, as hydrogen fuel cells can produce clean, quiet and efficient electricity while emitting only water as exhaust.”

Graff continued, “Hydrogen is also a proven energy storage solution, which enables renewable electricity and supports grid resiliency. Excess electricity generation capacity can be used to produce hydrogen that can then be stored for reuse on the grid as electrical energy or redirected to the transportation sector as fuel.”