Air Liquide to open new hydrogen production facility in ChinaJuly 25, 2012
Partnership formed on the basis of hydrogen fuel
Air Liquide, a producer of industrial gases, has entered into a long-term deal with Zhejiang Huafon Spandex, a spandex company based in China, to provide the company with access to hydrogen fuel. As part of the agreement, Air Liquide will be investing in a new steam methane reformation plant. The plant will be capable of generating hydrogen fuel and steam, which will be used by Huafon. Air Liquide’s Shanghai-based engineering tea will be responsible for the manufacture of the hydrogen production system and the company will make use of its own energy efficient technologies.
Third largest hydrogen production facility operated by Air Liquide to take root
The new hydrogen production plant will be the third largest that Air Liquide operates in China. Other hydrogen production facilities are operates by various subsidiaries of Air Liquide. In January this year, Air Liquide opened a massive hydrogen production facility to provide hydrogen fuel to Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai. Huafon has enthusiastically entered into the deal because of the promising energy potential of hydrogen fuel as well as its environmental friendliness.
Hydrogen fuel gaining traction in China’s industrial sector
China has been showing increasing interest in alternative energies lately. The country has a powerful presence in the solar energy market, where many of its solar panels and technologies are currently being sold globally. Several Chinese companies are also showing their eagerness to adopt alternative energies due to environmental concerns and the rising price of energy seen throughout the country. Hydrogen fuel has become a popular option in the industrial sector, leaving the demand for hydrogen production high.
Huafon praises the performance of Air Liquide
Air Liquide will be responsible for operating and maintaining the new hydrogen production facility, while Huafon notes that it will be able to focus more on its core business. The company is quick to praise the performance of Air Liquide, with president You Xiaoping highlighting the high reliability and efficiency of Air Liquide’s technologies and hydrogen production methods.
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