Air Liquide has won an award for its new Heat Oxy-Combustion technology, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), located in Paris – Le Bourget.

Presented by the France-China committee, the award showcases innovative “Climate Solutions” that will work towards mitigating climate change.

The new technology, developed by Air Liquide’s research and development team, is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of glass melting. The process is based on oxy-combustion, which is already widely used within the glass and metallurgical industries.

The Heat Oxy-Combustion follows the principle of extracting heat from the combustion fumes, which is then used to heat oxygen and fuel – the process is said to increase the oxy-combustion performance by 10%. The company state that, compared to the traditional air combustion process, the new technology provides up to 50% energy savings, and up to 50% on carbon dioxide emissions.

François Darchis, member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee supervising Innovation and the Industrial Merchant Business Line, announced, “We are honoured to receive this prize which demonstrates the unique expertise of Air Liquide in the field of oxy-combustion and its capacity to provide innovative technologies to address the industry’s environmental challenges. This recognition by the France-China Committee recognizes Air Liquide leadership in innovation.”

Tier One R&D Spend

Air Liquide’s total research and development spend has equalled just under €190 million per annum, since 2011. This is above all other Tier One industrial gas companies, with Air Products and Linde contributing €106 million each to research and development, in 2014. As a percentage of sales, Air Product’s was the highest contributor at 1.4% in 2014, with Air Liquide at 1.2%, both of which are above the industry average of 1.0%.