Air Liquide, together with partners of the H2 Mobility initiative, has signed an agreement to implement a major action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen filling station network in Germany.

By 2023, the current German network of 15 hydrogen filling stations will be expanded to around 400 hydrogen stations covering the whole country.

As part of its term-sheet agreement, Air Liquide will be part of what is an overall investment by all partners of around €350m.

This will ensure a need-related supply for the fuel cell electric vehicles available to the market in the coming years. A first step will be the deployment of 100 hydrogen stations in Germany over the next four years.

Air Liquide masters the entire supply chain of hydrogen, from production to storage, distribution and use by the end consumer. In the last decade, the group has built more than 60 hydrogen stations in the world.

Air Liquide has been a partner of the ‘H2 Mobility’ initiative since 2010, aimed at evaluating and contributing to the development of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany, to support the mass production of fuel cell electric vehicles. In 2012, Air Liquide opened its first hydrogen station for the general public in Düsseldorf, Germany.


‘Blue Hydrogen’

Those within the broad spectrum of the hydrogen business will likely be aware of both ‘green’ and ‘brown’ hydrogen and their routes to production. But what is ‘Blue Hydrogen’?

Blue hydrogen presentation.

Source: Air Liquide

With Blue Hydrogen, Air Liquide is moving towards a gradual decarbonization of its hydrogen production dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide is committed to producing at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020. This involves the combination of:

  • Renewable energy sources, water electrolysis and biogas reforming
  • Carbon capture and storage technologies during the hydrogen production process based on natural gas

In addition to H2 Mobility, Air Liquide is also a partner of comparable initiatives in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as in Japan.