CHFCA members Air Liquide and Cummins to host virtual tour of the world’s largest PEM electrolyzer in Becancour, Quebec
September 22, 2021
CHFCA members Air Liquide Canada and Cummins Inc. have announced that a virtual tour of the largest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer currently in operation in the world and located in Becancour, Quebec will be hosted on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
Air Liquide completed the construction of the electrolyzer in January 2021. Supplied with renewable energy, this unit is now producing up to 8.2 tonnes per day of low-carbon hydrogen in Bécancour, Québec. With this large-scale investment, the Group confirmed its long-term commitment to the hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be a major player in the supply of low-carbon hydrogen.
The new 20 MW PEM electrolyser, equipped with Cummins technology, is the largest operating unit of its kind in the world and will help meet the growing demand for low-carbon hydrogen in North America. Bécancour’s proximity to the main industrial markets in Canada and the United States will help ensure their supply of low-carbon hydrogen for industrial use and mobility. The commissioning of this electrolysis unit increases by 50% the capacity of Air Liquide’s Bécancour hydrogen production complex.
Compared to the traditional hydrogen production process, this new production unit will avoid the emission of around 27,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the emissions of 10,000 cars per year. The choice of Bécancour is based on two attributes of the site: the access to abundant renewable power from Hydro-Québec and the proximity to the hydrogen mobility market in the northeast of the continent.