Linde today said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Baowu Steel Group’s new subsidiary, Baowu Clean Energy, to jointly cooperate on research and development to further develop China’s hydrogen market for industrial and mobility applications.

The two companies will work together to increase the accessibility of hydrogen to industries and advance the acceptance of hydrogen mobility solutions in China.

Under the agreement, Linde and Baowu Clean Energy will also explore the option to invest in liquid hydrogen plants and infrastructure.

“We are delighted to build on our long-term partnership with Baowu Group with this latest cooperation to accelerate the development of hydrogen infrastructure and solutions for mobility and other industrial applications,” Sanjiv Lamba, Executive Vice-President and CEO Asia Pacific for Linde said.

“Linde with its technology leadership in hydrogen is delighted to be the strategic partner for the Baowu Group as we work together to make hydrogen accessible for users across China.”

Guo Bin, Deputy General Manager of Baowu Steel Group, added, “This agreement with Linde marks an important new milestone in our long and successful partnership.”

“Linde’s expertise in hydrogen technology and solutions gives us the confidence that together we can transition to a cleaner low-carbon future for China.”

Linde is a member of the global Hydrogen Council and the China Hydrogen Alliance which promotes hydrogen to help meet climate goals.

The strategic agreement with Baowu follows Linde’s recent joint venture with ITM Power and underscores the company’s continued focus on delivering sustainable solutions in support of the global transition to cleaner energy.

Baowu Clean Energy is a subsidiary of Baowu Steel Group, one of the world’s largest steel manufacturers. It was founded on 15th November 2019 to implement the group’s cleaner energy vision.

The company will focus on the development of the hydrogen ecosystem in China, from production, to storage and distribution infrastructure and mobility concepts.