A new partnership between Air Liquide and Siemens Energy is aiming to lay the groundwork for mass manufacturing of electrolysers in Europe.

Scaling up the production and distribution of hydrogen is widely seen as the biggest driver of cost reduction for green hydrogen.

But in order to lower the cost and meet the rapidly growing demand, the production of sustainability generated hydrogen through large-scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers needs to be accelerated.

To this end, Air Liquide and Siemens Energy today (8th Feb) said they have signed a deal to combine their expertise in PEM electrolysis technology.

Through this, Air Liquide and Siemens Energy will focus on the co-creation of large industrial-scale hydrogen projects in collaboration with customers as well R&D activities to co-develop next generation electrolyser technologies.

Together, the two companies are aiming to lay the groundwork for mass manufacturing of electrolysers in Europe, especially in Germany and France, and initiate a European ecosystem for electrolysis and hydrogen technology.

Air Liquide and Siemens Energy will jointly apply for large projects funding under the EU’s Green Deal and Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI)-scheme for hydrogen, funded by the French and German Governments.

The IPCEI-funding is required to fast start those activities and meet the challenging timeline set out by the European Green New Deal, the EU Hydrogen Strategy as well as the French and German national hydrogen strategies.

Air Liquide and Siemens Energy said they have already identified cooperation opportunities for large scale sustainable hydrogen projects both in France, Germany and other European countries.

One of these opportunities is the Air Liquide-H2V Normandy project in France which with a capacity of 200MW, is one of the most ambitious European projects for hydrogen production from renewable energies.

“Hydrogen is a key enabler of the energy transition. In the context of an unprecedented acceleration in Europe of hydrogen technologies and markets, the time to scale-up is now, notably in France and Germany,” said Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide.

“The partnership between Air Liquide and Siemens Energy paves the way for the creation of a leading European ecosystem capable of supplying decarbonised hydrogen at competitive prices and promoting the emergence of a low-carbon society.”

Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy, added, “Building up a sustainable hydrogen economy will still require to amend the framework conditions in the energy market. However, it will be through partnerships and collaboration that we can shape this market.”

“We highly appreciate to co-create innovative solutions with Air Liquide. Collectively we will overcome the challenges that lie ahead to industrialise the technology and make sustainably generated hydrogen a success story.”