Expected to produce approximately 30,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year, both electrolyser projects are set to run on renewable electricity. Air Liquide says the sites will avoid up to five million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The projects, dubbed ELYgator and CurtHyl, located in Terneuzen and Maasvlakte 2 respectively, will integrate the company’s existing portfolio of assets and enable the supply of low-carbon hydrogen to multiple customers in industry and mobility markets.

“Air Liquide is very pleased with the Dutch authorities’ recognition of the uniqueness of its two renewable hydrogen flagship projects in the Netherlands,” said Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice-President and Executive Committee Member at Air Liquide. “The group remains more than ever committed to making low-carbon hydrogen a driving force of the energy transition, as part of our strategic plan, ADVANCE.”

Unveiled in March this year (2022), Air Liquide’s ADVANCE plan put four key priorities under the spotlight: financial performance, decarbonisation, technological innovation, and actively engaging with stakeholders, customers, and shareholders.

Read more: Air Liquide bets big on hydrogen in newly published strategic plan for 2025

Under the decarbonisation priority, the industrial gas giant confirmed hydrogen will play a decisive role in its business, with hydrogen mobility particularly high on the agenda over the next three years.

In June (2022), Air Liquide and Siemens Energy announced a new joint venture to accelerate the production of industrial-scale renewable hydrogen electrolysers in Europe.

Read more: Siemens Energy, Air Liquide plan to ramp up electrolysis capacity with new joint venture

Set to be headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the joint venture will seek to establish a multi-gigawatt factory for the production of electrolyser stacks.