TotalEnergies and Air Liquide to produce low-carbon hydrogen on Grandpuits Zero Crude Platform – Chemical Engineering

November 22, 2022 | By Mary Bailey

TotalEnergies (Paris) and Air Liquide enter into a partnership related to the production and valorization of low-carbon hydrogen at the TotalEnergies Granpuits biorefinery site.

According to the long-term contract, Air Liquide will invest more than 130 million euros in the construction and operation of a new hydrogen production plant, from which TotalEnergies undertakes to purchase hydrogen produced for the needs of its platform. This unit will partially use biogas from a bio-treatment plant built by TotalEnergies and will come with Air Liquide Cryocap carbon capture technology.T. These innovations will prevent emissions of 150,000 tons of CO2 per year compared to current processes. The TotalEnergies biorefinery will use the facility’s hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

In line with the shared ambition of the two companies to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, this project is based on an innovative sustainable and circular approach:

  • Air Liquide will build and operate a new hydrogen production facility with an annual capacity of more than 20,000 tonnes at the Grandpuis site. Thanks to the partial processing of residual biogas from the Grandpuits bio-treatment plant as a replacement for the natural gas traditionally used, the hydrogen produced by this plant will be partially recovered.
  • Additionally, from launch, this unit will include the Air Liquide Cryocap™ H2 carbon capture device. This will capture more than 110,000 tonnes of CO2 per year for reuse in the agri-food and industrial industries, helping to reduce carbon emissions on site.
  • Most of the renewable and low-carbon hydrogen produced will be used by the biorefinery to produce sustainable aviation fuel. This hydrogen can also be used to support sustainable mobility in the Ile-de-France region.

Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee of Air Liquide, which oversees in particular the activities of Europe Industries, said: “This innovative project is characterized by the combination of several solutions to produce renewable low-carbon hydrogen and contribute to the decarbonisation of TotalEnergies’ site Grandpuits. It also provides the opportunity to recycle CO2 in a closed-loop economy approach, while ensuring its supply to the agri-food industry. This project illustrates Air Liquide’s experience in working with its customers on customized solutions that will help them reduce their carbon footprint and actively participate in the fight against global warming. This provides another example of the key role that hydrogen will play in making the energy transition a success.”

“By processing the biogas produced in the biorefinery into renewable hydrogen, this innovative project takes full advantage of the transformation of the Grandpuis refinery into a zero-crude platform, exploiting the potential of biomass, especially in the production of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Bernard Pinatel. , President, Refining & Chemicals, TotalEnergies.”Combined with low-carbon hydrogen production and CO2 capture, this project contributes to TotalEnergies’ ambition to decarbonize all hydrogen used in European refineries by 2030.” TotalEnergies and Air Liquide to produce low-carbon hydrogen on Grandpuits Zero Crude Platform – Chemical Engineering

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