Air Liquide, ENEOS Partner for Low-Carbon Hydrogen
L'Air Liquide S.A.
Air Liquide, a global leader in gases, technologies, and services for Industry and Health, and ENEOS Corporation, Japan’s foremost energy company, have formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on expediting the advancement of low-carbon hydrogen in Japan and facilitating the energy transition.
This strategic alliance aims to leverage ENEOS' robust energy infrastructure and market presence in Japan, coupled with Air Liquide's extensive 60-year expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain. This expertise spans production, liquefaction, transport, storage, distribution, and proficiency in Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS).
The collaboration will encompass the entire spectrum of low-carbon hydrogen, from upstream to downstream activities.
Upstream, the partners will explore the development of low-carbon hydrogen production, employing both CCUS and electrolysis technologies. Additionally, they will assess potential collaboration in establishing an international liquid hydrogen supply chain to meet the Japanese market's needs from overseas.
Downstream, the partnership will contemplate joint initiatives for advancing hydrogen mobility in Japan, including the establishment of a hydrogen refuelling station infrastructure. Moreover, Air Liquide and ENEOS will investigate collaborative innovation along the hydrogen supply chain.
Armelle Levieux, a member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee and Vice President of Innovation overseeing Hydrogen activities, expressed:
"We are delighted to join forces with ENEOS, Japan’s leading energy company. This collaboration, spanning the entire value chain of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen, amalgamates the strengths of two industry leaders. It holds the potential to significantly contribute to the advancement of hydrogen as a pivotal element in the decarbonisation of industry and mobility in Japan. This partnership aligns with our strategic plan ADVANCE, which intricately links financial and non-financial performances."
Tomohide Miyata, Representative Director, Executive Vice President at ENEOS, stated:
"Under the ENEOS Group’s Long-Term Vision to 2040, we are undertaking the challenge of achieving both a 'stable supply of energy and materials' and 'the realisation of a carbon-neutral society.' We believe that collaboration with Air Liquide, one of the world's largest industrial gas companies, will serve as a cornerstone for leading the energy transition and continuing to support energy supply in Japan within a carbon-neutral society. While currently considering MCH as our primary hydrogen carrier, through this MOU, we also aim to explore liquefied hydrogen in the future to contribute to the establishment of a decarbonised society."
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Source: Air Liquide