Air Liquide and Groupe ADP announce their desire to establish the first joint venture to support the development of hydrogen infrastructure at airports. With this project to create the first technical joint venture specializing in supporting airports in their projects to integrate hydrogen into their infrastructure, Air Liquide and Groupe ADP are strengthening their collaboration. This announcement follows a memorandum of understanding signed in 2021 regarding feasibility studies to support the arrival of hydrogen aircraft. This collaborative project reflects the shared ambition of the two groups to prepare for the deployment of a zero-carbon global aviation.
The joint venture’s mission, which is owned 50-50 by the two groups, is to provide a range of services and engineering in France and internationally to support airports in their transition to hydrogen. Taking into account the objective of deploying the first hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035, the organization of airports needs to be redesigned, in particular to integrate the problem of the supply of liquid hydrogen and to allow other forms of mobility on the ground, whether heavy mobility vehicles or job aid. The range of services will be able to meet all the challenges of the integration of hydrogen for airports (estimation of the quantities of hydrogen required over time, optimal organization of the hydrogen supply chain according to the specificities of the airport and the territory, sizing and pre-installation of the necessary hydrogen infrastructure at the airport, preparatory safety studies, cost studies and definition of the investment roadmap, carbon impact studies).
The two allies had entered into a first partnership in 2021, in collaboration with Airbus, to conduct a year-long study on the configurations of 30 airports around the world, in particular the Paris-Charles de Paris airports. Gaulle and Paris-Orly. Preliminary studies have demonstrated the relevance of hydrogen for aviation decarbonisation, by identifying different production and distribution schemes that can be integrated into airport infrastructure. Air Liquide and Groupe ADP have thus developed expertise in the dimensioning and pre-implementation of infrastructures to support the necessary transformation of airports. As part of this joint venture, Air Liquide will provide its hydrogen expertise ranging from electrolysis production, liquefaction, storage to the distribution of hydrogen for aircraft. Groupe ADP will contribute its expertise in airport engineering, as well as its know-how in airport operations.