Air Liquide will construct a €40m state-of-the-art air separation unit (ASU) in Germany, the industrial gas giant confirmed today (5th Feb).

The French firm has signed a new long-term deal with German chemical company BASF to supply oxygen and nitrogen to BASF’s flagship site in Schwarzheide for the production of battery materials for mobility.

Expected to be operational in 2023, Air Liquide said the ASU will also produce liquid products for the Industrial Merchant market.

BASF’s new battery material plant will produce components for 400,000 electric vehicles annually, with a focus on creating sustainable products, through the integration of renewable energies, energy efficiency and circular economy.

Located in the eastern part of Germany, Air Liquide said the new ASU will complement the company’s 23 air gases production plants in the country, and will enable the group to increase the reliable supply of industrial gases to customers in Germany as well as in Poland.

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Source: Air Liquide

Having two production sources in eastern Germany and six in Poland will also allow for an optimisation of the bulk truck routing in the region and for a reduction of the number of kilometres driven per tonne of gas delivered, in line with the group’s Climate Objectives, Air Liquide said.

“We are pleased to extend our long-term relationship with BASF to contribute to the development of their state-of-the-art battery material production at their flagship site of Schwarzheide,” François Jackow, Executive Vice President and a member of the Air Liquide group’s Executive Committee, said.

“This investment will also provide momentum for our growing Industrial Merchant activity in Germany and Poland.”

Air Liquide also announced today its’ Vice-President of the Hydrogen Energy World Business Line, Pierre-Etienne Franc, is to step down to set up a hydrogen fund. Read that story here.