Air Liquide Acquires Hydrogen Generation Technology

Air Liquide has acquired the Hydrogen Generation Module (HGM) technology from H2Gen Innovations Inc., a designing, manufacturing and marketing company for on-site hydrogen generators and gas purification units based in Alexandria, Va. The agreement took effect Nov. 19, 2009. The HGM technology is being acquired by two Air Liquide affiliates: Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc., and Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP.

H2Gen’s on-site HGM units are modular steam methane reformers that provide flexible production capability solutions from below 2,000 to over 50,000 standard cubic feet per hour. The HGM units produce high purity hydrogen for a variety of applications including float glass production, heat treatment of metals, hydrogen energy and photovoltaic processes. In most of these markets the demand for hydrogen is combined with a need for nitrogen or other specialty gases. In the past few years, H2Gen has seen its HGM activity grow rapidly with numerous units in operation in North America as well as recent commercial successes in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Air Liquide had previously selected H2Gen as its preferred supplier for small scale steam methane reformers and has used the HGM technology in several recent projects. The H2Gen HGM offer stands out through its innovative technology, with a simple, compact and cost efficient reactor. The resulting hydrogen generators are unattended, modular and reliable, making them highly competitive.

“With the acquisition of H2Gen’s hydrogen generation technology, Air Liquide will provide customers with a comprehensive on-site hydrogen solution," says Michael Graff, president and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. "The HGM units offer a clear advantage over alternative technologies in this range and create opportunities to develop competitive combined gas offers for a variety of industries. This acquisition is instrumental in achieving our growth ambitions in the hydrogen merchant market.”

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