Air Liquide and Groupe ADP have agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to enable the development of hydrogen infrastructure at airports.
The JV aims to offer engineering and services to airports in France and across the globe to facilitate the transition to hydrogen.
The services offered are aimed at helping airports address the challenges faced in integrating hydrogen, including hydrogen volumes needed over time and the optimal hydrogen supply chain, which depends on an airport’s unique location and characteristics.
The JV will also provide scope and pre-installation work for the hydrogen infrastructure required at the airport, preliminary safety studies, carbon impact assessments, cost studies and investment road maps.
The latest announcement follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed last year to conduct feasibility studies for the arrival of hydrogen-driven aircraft.
ADP Groupe deputy CEO Edward Arkwright said: “Having worked together with Air Liquide to produce studies over the past year, this JV was a logical next step.”
Under the new collaboration, Air Liquide will offer its knowledge in hydrogen, which ranges from production to the distribution of hydrogen to aircraft while Groupe ADP has agreed to offer its expertise in airport engineering and operations.
The first hydrogen-fuelled commercial aircraft is expected by 2035.
Air Liquide vice-president Matthieu Giard said: “Airports have to be ready for hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035 and to foster the emergence of a hydrogen mobility ecosystem at large.
“Air Liquide and Groupe ADP, therefore, project to create the first JV specialised in this field, building on our initial collaboration and pooling the complementary expertise of our two Groups.”
The partnership between the two companies is expected to lay the path for decarbonised air travel globally.