Air Liquide : First Hydrogen Filling Station for Forklift Trucks in France,
PARIS -- May 30, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris:AI) is going to provide IKEA, the leading specialized
retailer, with a hydrogen filling station to supply part of its logistic
platform in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon in France.
In the context of this project, the hydrogen filling station will supply
around twenty forklift trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells produced by
HyPulsion (ajoint venture 80%-owned by Air Liquide's subsidiary Axane and
20%-owned by PlugPower). These electric forklift trucks are hydrogen-powered,
they reject only water and offer extended run time for 8 hours.
Air Liquide's filling station will supply hydrogen at a pressure of 350 bar,
with refills in 3minutes. Replacing electric batteries with fuel cells
provides greater flexibility and productivity thanks to a longer operating
range for users and a shorter down-time for refilling.
With a surface area of 100,000 m^2, IKEA's distribution centre in Saint
Quentin-Fallavier is a key warehouse for the upstream logistics of IKEA's
stores in Southern Europe, organising the receipt and storage of products
delivered from all over the world.
The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier for logistic platforms has been
developing in the U.S. and Canada, with over 3,000 forklift trucks currently
running on hydrogen. The conversion of just 10% of the worldwide fleet of
forklift trucks would represent a potential hydrogen market of €7 billion.
Gert Bruggers, General Manager Distribution Service ProviderIKEA France,
declared: "This project is in line with other innovative energy projects that
our Group is conducting. Moreover, this allows us to increase our operational
efficiency. It contributes to the evolution of the regulatory environment,
which will allow an increase in hydrogen energy applications in France."
François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and a member of Air Liquide's
Executive Committee, commented: "After the contracts in North America, the
Group is proud to set up this first filling station on a logistic platform for
IKEA in France. This project, which is a first in Europe, proves the
competitiveness and technical maturity of this solution for electric forklift
And thanks to the cooperation between public and private partners, it is the
opportunity to drive change in the regulations to allow the development of
hydrogen energy in France."
This project is the result of work carried out by the partners of the "Horizon
Hydrogène Energie" program in France, funded by OSEO, and the fruit of
effective cooperation with public authorities.
Hydrogen, a clean energy carrier
A fuel cell produces electricity from hydrogen on its place of use, with no
greenhouse gas or particle emissions, and no noise. Hydrogen can be produced
from a various range of energy sources.
Through the Blue Hydrogen initiative, AirLiquide is committed to producing
50% of the hydrogen for its hydrogen energy applications from renewable
Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen energy chain with 200 production
sites, 2,000 km of hydrogen pipelines - the biggest distribution network in
the world - and hydrogen filling stations.
Air Liquide recently increased its stake in HyPulsion, alongside its strategic
partner Plug Power (global leader in fuel cells for forklift trucks). The
Group is supporting the development of this market, just like that of hydrogen
energy for buses and cars. HyPulsion is part of the Group's Advanced Business
and Technologies network of entrepreneurial companies.
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