Decarbonised air transportation is at the heart of a new joint venture unveiled today (15th June) between Air Liquide and Groupe ADP that looks to support airports across the globe transition to hydrogen.

The 50:50 joint venture build off the duo’s already withstanding commitments within the aviation industry as it looks to support the first hydrogen-powered commercial aircrafts that are expected to take flight by 2035.

In order to support the clean transition, the firms will identify and tackle the current challenges that are being faced when it comes to hydrogen flights. To do this, the joint venture hopes to estimate the volume of hydrogen required for the shift and support the creation of an optimal hydrogen supply chain.

A number of studies and assessments, that look at costs, required investment, safety and carbon impact, will also be carried out by Air Liquide and Groupe ADP as part of the extended collaboration.

Supporting this, Air Liquide will utilise its expertise in hydrogen, from production to electrolysis, liquefaction, storage and distribution. Groupe ADP will support with its knowledge in airport engineering and operations.

Matthieu Giard, Vice–President, member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee notably supervising hydrogen activities, said, “Hydrogen is necessary to tackle the challenge of the energy transition. Studies carried out with Groupe ADP over the last year have confirmed hydrogen can have a major contribution to decarbonise the airport sector.”

“Airports have to be ready for hydrogen-powered aircrafts by 2035, and to foster the emergence of a hydrogen mobility ecosystem at large. This is why now is the time to work on adapting infrastructures. Air Liquide and Groupe ADP therefore project to create the first joint venture specialised in this field, building on our initial collaboration and pooling the complementary expertise of our two groups.”

Edward Arkwright, Deputy CEO of Groupe ADP, added, “Having worked together with Air Liquide to produce studies over the past year, this joint venture was a logical step. With it, we expect to have the first ground-backed hydrogen technology use cases in place with Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports in 2023.”

“Our collaboration with Air Liquide is a long-term one and is based on the complementarity of our respective expertise: the hydrogen supply chain for Air Liquide and airport infrastructure operations for Groupe ADP.”