Air Products’ 30 tonnes per day liquid hydrogen plant is now onstream in La Porte, Texas – and the company already has plans to build another in the Southwest US.
Sharing such news today (7th Oct), the industrial gas giant said the new facility draws its hydrogen to be liquefied from the existing Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network which will then be delivered to end-users in trailers.
Customers in industries such as electronics, chemical and petrochemical, metals, material handling, float glass, edible fats and oils, and utilities are set to benefit from the new hydrogen source.
On the new plant, Francesco Maione, President of the Americas at Air Products, said, “We invested in this new liquid hydrogen production facility in Texas to show our commitment to our customers and to help meet current and future demand.”
“The addition of this new capacity also will allow us to target the increased growth we anticipate from several markets, namely the hydrogen for mobility market. The La Porte facility’s location and operational benefits provide us with numerous supply options from this plant.”
“We look forward to providing this new reliable source of liquid hydrogen, which is very important to manufacturing and other operations in several states.”
The new plant at La Porte will join Air Products’ existing hydrogen and syngas production operations, as well as an air separation unit at the site.
Air Products’ next liquid hydrogen plant, planned for the Southwest, is expected to serve the hydrogen mobility market in California and other surrounding locations requiring zero-carbon hydrogen fuel.
Insight from gasworld Business Intelligence
Karina Kocha, gasworld’s Business Intelligence Manager, commented, ”This Air Products plant is the 11th liquid hydrogen plant currently operational in the US and the second one brought onstream this year after Linde’s in July. Total merchant liquid hydrogen capacity has grown by 30% in 2021 in comparison to 2020. Taking into account a new plant, Air Products’ share is 35% of the liquid hydrogen market in the US (or 37% in North America).
”Air Products and Linde (formerly Praxair) have dominated the US liquid hydrogen market since its inception, sharing the market almost by half. The balance in the market has begun to change rapidly only in recent years. Air Liquide and Plug Power have been steadily gaining momentum over the past few years. Air Liquide, which is already running a 10 tpd liquid hydrogen facility, has begun construction of another new plant (which is going to be onstream in 2022). Plug Power, which has been operating a 6.4 tpd liquid hydrogen plant in Charleston (Tennessee), has announced plans to bring online four green hydrogen production facilities presumably in 2022-2023 (California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York).”