Air Liquide is now a founding member and partner of two innovative research and training institutes, after the PS2E (Paris Saclay Efficacité Energétique) and IPVF (Institut Photovoltaïque d’île-de-France) were formed in France.

PS2E, a research and training institute, will focus its research efforts on improving the energy efficiency of industrial facilities coupled with urban areas. PS2E will be developing an innovative energy model that reduces both energy use and CO2 emissions.

IPVF will be one of the world’s largest research centres focusing on new generation photovoltaic solar systems. Air Liquide will bring its expertise in special gases and advanced molecules for new generation photovoltaic cells, will participate in the financing of the institute, and will make its R&D photovoltaic cell production line available to IPVF researchers.

The two institutes will be based at the Paris-Saclay Innovation Cluster, a French project aimed at building a world class scientific, economic and urban centre.

The Air Liquide Group’s Paris-Saclay research centre, which is based in Loges-en-Josas, will house PS2E on its own site. And in addition to its financial support, Air Liquide will share the expertise of its teams specialising in the optimisation of industrial processes and energy storage, as well as its modeling skills.

Improving the energy efficiency of its production units, as well as those of its customers, is an ongoing source of improvement at Air Liquide which also helps to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations.