Our innovation approach
Since its beginning, Air Liquide has made innovation the driving force of its strategy. “Innovation that focuses on major societal trends that represent our future markets: the energy transition, the evolution of healthcare, and the development of deep tech. Air Liquide's teams rely on internal and external innovation ecosystems to develop differentiating solutions to meet the challenges of its customers and patients, and to open up new markets, while helping to build a sustainable future.
€304 M of innovation expenses in 2021
4,500 employees contributing to innovation every day
Innovation for the energy transition
Our diversity of technologies and solutions in energy transition and environmental protection, reinforced by digital technologies and a structured open ecosystem, enables our innovation teams to contribute to the Group’s sustainable growth and achieve our objective of carbon neutrality by 2050.
In 2020, Air Liquide devoted 100 million euros of innovation spending to the energy transition, particularly for the development of low-carbon hydrogen and biomethane.
About €8 billion will be invested by 2035 in the low-carbon hydrogen value chain.
Hydrogen, a new era for aviation
Air Liquide is using its technical and industrial expertise in hydrogen to help decarbonize aviation from the ground to the air
Biomethane is an upgraded form of biogas which can be used to fuel trucks, fed into the grid or used for industrial applications in place of fossil-based natural gas
Hydrogen and biomethane, the mobility revolution
Hydrogen has a key role to play in the energy mix of the future and is, along with biomethane, at the heart of the clean transport revolution.
Innovation in healthcare
Air Liquide is one of the world leaders in the constantly evolving healthcare sector. It is committed, alongside patients, medical professionals and hospitals, to contributing to making the healthcare system more efficient, particularly through digital technology. Air Liquide, a pioneer in remote medical monitoring, is deploying digital solutions to support patients suffering from chronic diseases from their homes. These solutions, which are based on the analysis of data from connected equipment and on individualized support provided by nurses, improve the therapeutic follow-up of patients and contribute to improving their quality of life. Our teams are constantly exploring the potential of our compounds to find new therapeutic indications. They contribute to simplifying the practice of healthcare professionals through digital technology while personalising our support by combining patient knowledge and data analysis.
Towards a new approach to value-based healthcare
Air Liquide, in partnership with healthcare professionals, is coordinating an approach which favors personalized support programs for patients in their homes.
Knowledge sharing for better care of chronic patients
Antonio is a nurse and Laurenţiu a physiotherapist
Innovation for tech and deep tech
Air Liquide is a major player in deep tech, offering, through its Global Markets & Technologies (GM&T) activity, innovative solutions to its customers in the space, aerospace and extreme cryogenics sectors for scientific research or quantum computing. The Group recently inaugurated the Campus Technologies Grenoble, dedicated to the design and manufacture of new technologies for the deep tech and energy transition markets (hydrogen and biomethane). At the same time, it supports a number of deep tech start-ups via its Accelair accelerator, located on the Paris Innovation Campus.
CryoConcept: absolutely committed to ultra-low temperatures
At temperatures close to absolute zero, revolutionary technologies such as quantum computing become possible. Reaching these ultra-low temperatures in industrial environments is a major challenge—one which Air Liquide affiliate CryoConcept is best placed to surmount.
Collective intelligence for deep tech solutions
Air Liquide is one of the companies developing deep tech solutions
In the race for innovation: electronics and deep tech
Air Liquide picked up the pace to meet accelerated demand for digital technology, energy transition and scientific research.
How 5G technology is as simple as it is revolutionary
Automated cars, intelligent production lines organising, and remote medicine: these are just some of the applications for 5G mobile broadband
35+ startups accelerated by ALIAD, the Group's venture capital investor
60% of R&D projects dedicated to the energy transition
3.5 billion data points collected every day
150+ use cases, products and programmes based on data and artificial intelligence
Science and digital, at the heart of all our innovations
A unique scientific expertise
Our 18 Essential Small Molecules are: oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), argon (Ar), xenon (Xe), krypton (Kr), neon (Ne), helium (He), nitric oxide (NO), carbon monoxide (N2O), acetylene (C2H2), ozone (O3), water (H2O) and silane (SiH4).
Digital in our offerings
Every day our teams of developers, designers, data scientists and network architects work with our business teams to imagine, develop, and deploy digital solutions for our customers, patients, employees, while contributing to the Group's efficiency.
Innovation with ecosystems
Our innovation is part of an open, global ecosystem. It is supported by our Innovation Campuses in Europe, the United States and Asia, the Campus Technologies Grenoble in France, and the Digital Factory.
Our innovation teams bring together profiles of different nationalities and skills: scientific and technical profiles in Research & Development, developers, engineers, network architects, designers, data scientists within Digital & IT (including Alizent), technical and commercial profiles for the Global Markets & Technologies activity, or for the i-LAB (the Group's foresight department which investigates emerging trends and topics, and develops foresight tools and methodologies) and ALIAD.
Accelerating innovation with start-ups
Air Liquide works with around a hundred start-ups to accelerate innovation and integrate new products, technologies and solutions into the Group's offerings.
With ALIAD, the Group's venture capital investor, Air Liquide supports innovative technological start-ups to help them grow, with the objective of helping them industrialize their products and access different markets. This support takes the form of minority stakes in the start-up's capital.
Accelair, Air Liquide's deep tech start-up accelerator, hosted on the Innovation Paris Campus, offers selected start-ups access to experimentation spaces (laboratories, test platforms) and a support programme run by Air Liquide experts to accelerate the process of bringing their offer to market.