Air Liquide drives hydrogen development with planned ammonia cracking plant


Industrial gas major Air Liquide has announced that it will construct a new ‘industrial scale’ ammonia cracking pilot plant in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, in a move intended to spur development of hydrogen as a key enabler of the energy transition.

A low-carbon energy carrier, ammonia is widely used for the long-distance transportation of hydrogen. The new pilot plant will utilise Air Liquide’s proprietary technology to convert ammonia back into hydrogen.

Ammonia is the preferred mechanism to transport hydrogen due to a range of factors. Firstly, the cost of energy storage is cheaper than for either hydrogen or liquefied petroleum gas.

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