Energy is one of today’s main issues. Increases in demand, notably in developing economies, have accelerated the depletion of fossil resources, which are damaging to the environment when used in large quantities.
Air Liquide is developing for its customers a large range of solutions, which economize energy resources at different stages of the chain: production, distribution, use.
Hydrogen combined with the fuel cell battery, which also offers an alternative to traditional fuels, is being actively developed by the Group. Research extends to the entire chain, from production of the hydrogen molecule to the generation of clean electricity.
Hydrogen supplied by the Group allows refiners to treat low-quality oil: a way to make the most of remaining oil resources and those which have yet to be exploited.
In addition, Air Liquide is actively involved in the development of new fuels which will enable the production of second generation biofuels, elaborated using the non-edible part of plants.
For several years, Air Liquide has used its expertise to help develop the energy of the future. Hydrogen is considered today to be a major alternative to fossil fuels: it can be produced from several sources (natural gas, biomass, water electrolysis).
Air Liquide has also reinforced its position as the leading supplier of the photovoltaic industry, and has contributed to processes for manufacturing solar cells.