Air Liquide is going to install four new hydrogen filling stations in Denmark, as part of the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, supported by the European Commission.

These four filling stations - two in Copenhagen, one in Aalborg and one in Vejle - will join two stations already in service, located in Copenhagen and in Holstebro. This development is a significant step in the creation of a distribution network at national level.

With these filling stations, which will be commissioned by Air Liquide with the help of its partner H2 Logic by the end of 2014, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles will be able to refuel all over the country in under five minutes, for a range of 500 km.

All of these filling stations will be fitted with an electrolyser, allowing them to produce the hydrogen on site.

This additional technology will produce totally decarbonised hydrogen (with no CO2 emissions) using clean electricity from renewable energy sources as part of the plan announced by the Danish government in 2012, whose target is to have 100% of renewable energies by 2050.

Air Liquide is actively involved in setting up the hydrogen energy industry at global level, in particular through initiatives aimed at building hydrogen filling stations in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, the USA, South Korea and Japan. In 2012, Air Liquide inaugurated its first hydrogen filling station for the general public, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Hydrogen helps to preserve the environment by providing solutions for the challenges of sustainable mobility:

·      to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as local pollution in urban areas. The creation of a distribution infrastructure is one of the key challenges for the commercial development of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

François Darchis, member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee supervising Innovation, commented, “The creation of a network of hydrogen filling stations in Denmark represents a significant step forward. This is the first hydrogen infrastructure network in Europe at the level of an entire country. This new project is testimony to Air Liquide’s commitment to rolling out hydrogen technologies in order to advance sustainable mobility.”

Hydrogen, a clean energy carrier used in the fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity, with water as the only by-product. Hydrogen can be produced from a wide range of energy sources, natural gas in particular, but also from renewable energy sources. Hydrogen is, therefore, one of the solutions for providing clean energy and ensuring reliability of supply.

Air Liquide is present across the entire hydrogen energy chain (production, distribution, high-pressure storage, fuel cells, and hydrogen filling stations)

With Blue Hydrogen, Air Liquide is moving towards a gradual decarbonisation 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, by combining:

• renewable energy sources, water electrolysis and biogas reforming,

• carbon capture and storage technologies during the hydrogen production process based on natural gas.