Air Liquide is investing €125m in a first-of-its-kind innovation, an air separation unit (ASU) for oxygen production with an energy storage system.

To be built in Port of Moerdikj, the Netherlands, the new ASU will be built with the proprietary solution AliveTM, a system that allows the storage of up to 40MWh of energy, which corresponds to daily consumption of 4,000 households, enabling flexibility of the energy intake from the grid.

While keeping a constant production for customers, Air Liquide said it can accommodate the intermittency of renewable energy thus contributing to the growth of power coming from the wind and solar on the electricity grid.

Planned to be operational in 2022, the highly efficient plant, with circa 10% less electricity consumption, will have a production capacity of 2,200 tonnes of oxygen per day.

The new ASU will produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the industrial, food and medical markets. It will be connected to Air Liquide’s extensive pipeline network.

François Jackow, Executive Vice-President and a member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee, said, “Fighting climate change is central to the mission of Air Liquide and we are developing a wide range of solutions.”

“This investment in a strategic industrial basin, with a first-of-its kind innovation, illustrates our capacity to modernise industry with solutions to support a renewable energy compatible grid.”

“In line with our Climate Objectives, we are committed to lower carbon footprint on our own assets as well as customers’ and demonstrate our contribution to the emergence of a low carbon society.”