On December 3, 2020, Air Liquide China signed a Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement with Sichuan China National Nuclear Guoxing Technology Co., Ltd. in Chengdu, to further develop the hydrogen energy industry chain in Southwest China, especially the renewable hydrogen energy industry.
In the context of this agreement, the two companies will cooperate over the whole value chain of hydrogen energy. Leveraging the expertise of both parties, a joint venture will be founded in Ya’an City, Sichuan Province to create a “Hydrogen Energy Industry Ecosystem”. The objective is to advance the production and logistics of renewable hydrogen, including the construction of a large-scale hydrogen production by water electrolysis with hydroelectricity, hydrogen liquefaction and an air separation unit. Air Liquide will also collaborate with Sichuan China National Nuclear Guoxing Technology in the latter’s Hydrogen Refuelling Station rollout plan, in addition to joint Research & Development in hydrogen technology and equipment manufacturing.