Air Liquide, Siemens Energy Ink Electrolyzer Partnership for Sustainable Hydrogen Production

Under cooperation framework, both the organisations 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.

February 10, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Air Liquide and Siemens Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an aim to combine their expertise in PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolysis technology.

As per the MoU, the two companies intended to focus their activities on key areas including co-creation of large industrial-scale hydrogen projects in collaboration with customers, laying the ground for mass manufacturing of electrolyzers in Europe, especially in Germany and France, and R&D activities to co-develop next generation electrolyzer technologies.

Under cooperation framework, both the organisations 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.

Through this cooperation, the two companies will be planning to strengthen their core competencies enabling the emergence of a sustainable hydrogen economy in Europe and to initiate a European ecosystem for electrolysis and hydrogen technology together with other partners.

Commenting on the partnership, Benoit 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 cooperation.”

“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 industrialize the technology and make sustainably generated hydrogen a success story,” said Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy.

Speaking on the matter, Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, Finance and the Recovery, said, “now, is the time to invest massively in order to develop new value chains and new technologies. Now, is the time to act. With ‘France Relance’, 7 billion euros will be invested in hydrogen between now and 2030 to make our economy more competitive and more decarbonised. The ambitious project of Air Liquide and Siemens Energy is only the beginning of an industrial cooperation that must develop beyond a Franco-German alliance.”

“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,” said Peter Altmaier, German Federal Economy Minister.

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