Air Liquide and airport operator Groupe ADP opened the first hydrogen station in an airport zone in France at the Paris-Orly Airport. Another H2 station will follow at Charles de Gaulle Airport and near Versailles in 2018.
Industrial gas multinational Air Liquide has designed the station together with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), a public-private partnership supported by the European Union. The FCHJU has also backed projects in Birmingham or Scotland recently.
With its strategic location at the Paris-Orly Airport, the latest station signifies growth for a network of hydrogen stations in the Greater Paris Area. The French capital’s main airport, Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) will also see the installation of a H2 filling facility comes next year.
In the greater scope of transport, Air Liquide counts the new stations into its efforts for a switch to hydrogen transport. That includes a growing fleet of hydrogen taxis in Paris called Hype that have been set up together with the Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien (STEP) reportedly and for which Air Liquide delivers the charge stops.