Siemens Energy and Air Liquide have joined forces to combine their expertise for the production of sustainable, large-scale hydrogen in Europe.
They have signed a memorandum of understanding, with the aim of initiating a European ecosystem for electrolysis and hydrogen technology and jointly applying 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.
They intend to focus their activities in the co-creation of industrial-scale hydrogen projects in collaboration with customers, laying the ground for mass manufacturing of electrolysers in Europe, especially in Germany and France and research and development activities to co-develop next generation electrolyser technologies.
The two companies have already identified co-operation opportunities for large-scale hydrogen projects, one fo them being the Air Liquide-H2V Normandy project in France with a capacity of 200MW.
Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide said: “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.
“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. We look forward to this Franco-German co-operation.”
Hydrogen is expected to play an essential role in achieving the EU’s objectives for CO2 and greenhouse gas emission reduction and tackling climate change.
German Federal Economy Minister Peter Altmaier added: ”Hydrogen is a key element for the success of Germany’s energy transition and crucial for European and global efforts to combat climate change. Germany is strongly committed to support the market ramp up of hydrogen technologies and is working hard towards European Hydrogen IPCEIs.
“Against this background, I very much welcome that Siemens Energy and Air Liquide join forces in this domain and I am looking forward to seeing strong Franco-German hydrogen projects coming online soon.”