Through an investment of more than 140 million euros, Air Liquide (AL) recently announced that it will establish in Bécancour, Québec (Canada), a breakthrough platform supplying low-carbon industrial gases. In addition to the Group’s 20 MW PEM electrolyzer, currently the world’s largest in operation, the infrastructure created by AL will include a new ASU producing renewable industrial gases, as well as liquid storage capacity, connected by a local pipeline network to best serve its customers.
AL will build, own and operate a production and distribution infrastructure. The new ASU will be powered by renewable energy from hydropower sources, in line with AL's ADVANCE plan to reduce its CO2 emissions by 33% by 2035.
Adding a total oxygen production capacity of 850 tonnes per day, the new infrastructure will primarily supply customers manufacturing battery components for electric vehicles via long term contracts and should be operational in 2025.
The project will also connect its Bécancour PEM electrolyzer, enabling the recovery and valorization of renewable oxygen from the hydrogen production.