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Open innovation
Start-ups: accelerating innovation together

In a rapidly changing world, detecting customers’ needs is key to anticipate products and services that will meet their challenges—whether they be to gain efficiency, improve the user experience or reduce the environmental impact of their activities.This is the reason why Air Liquide collaborates with more than 100 start-ups around the world, across all its businesses.

Industry of the future
Hydrogen: forging the future with SMR-X™ technology

In 2018, Air Liquide signed a new contract with its long-standing strategic customer Covestro, a leading global supplier of high-tech polymer materials. The Group will produce hydrogen directly on Covestro’s site in Antwerp (Belgium) using its state of the art SMR-X™ technology. It will allow for hydrogen production while offering increased energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint. The unit will start operations in 2020.

Air Liquide - world leader in gases
Energy transition
HyBalance: towards carbon-free hydrogen

In September 2018 in Hobro, Denmark, Air Liquide inaugurated HyBalance, a pilot site for the production of carbon-free hydrogen. This unit’s specificity is that it uses electrolysis technology which allows it to balance the electricity grid and store surplus electricity in the form of hydrogen that will be used in industry and transportation. This project was initiated in 2016 in a country that is pioneering the energy transition.

Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen
Customer experience Read on

"Behind any exceptional patient service, there are always engaged employees"

François Jackow
Member of the Air Liquide group Executive Committee in charge of the Healthcare activities
Energy transition
Innovate for air quality

As an intrapreneur at the i-Lab and member of the "Act for Air" team, Carina Krastel applies a user-centric approach and start-up methodology to develop new air purification solutions for urban pollution hot spots.

Industry of the future
Designing new solutions with our customers

Our customers are always looking for new solutions to improve their fabrication processes and the competitiveness of their offers. In this context, increasing the quality of welding or cutting represents a key asset, in particular for metal manufacturers. To address this challenge, Air Liquide has opened an Advanced Fabrication Center (AFC) at its Delaware Innovation Campus, in the U.S. — the world’s biggest metal manufacturing market.

Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen
Healthcare
Breathing life thanks to an innovative automated ventilation system

In 2014, while he was conducting research on cardio pulmonary ventilation, Jean-Christophe Richard, a professor of resuscitation, joined Air Liquide Medical Systems (ALMS) as Medical Director with one foot still squarely planted in the world of research. This is where he developed CPV, an innovative automated ventilation system used in resuscitation during cardiac arrest.

Customer experience Read on

"Sharing knowledge, venturing outside our comfort zone, learning from other sectors: this spirit of constant learning is vital to staying ahead in a fast-moving globalized world!"

Benoît Potier
Chairman & CEO
Energy transition
Bertrand Piccard: 1,000 solutions for a sustainable world
Energy transition
2018 Paris Motor Show: hydrogen makes its way

The 2018 Paris Motor Show (or Mondial) paid special attention to new technologies and alternative energies: electric, hybrid, natural gas for vehicles, etc. And naturally, hydrogen energy fitted in this trend. Toyota offered the general public the chance to test its Mirai model, while Hyundai unveiled its new 100% hydrogen vehicle NEXO. Overview.

Open innovation
Paris Innovation Campus: open to the innovation ecosystems

Located on the Plateau de Saclay in France, the Paris Innovation Campus includes Air Liquide’s largest Research and Development Center. Inaugurated in September 2018, this flagship for the Group’s innovation is, by design, customer centric, open to innovation ecosystems, and favorable to collaboration – as early as next year it will host a deep-tech start-up incubator.

Energy transition

Did You Know?

10 to 15

million cars and 500,000 trucks could be powered by hydrogen by 2030!

Source: Hydrogen Scaling Up - study of the Hydrogen Council - November 2017

Customer experience
Airparif, monitoring air quality in and around Paris

When it comes to measuring air pollution, the weather is as important for Airparif as prevailing traffic conditions: anticyclones, lack of wind, temperature inversions, etc. Throughout the year, the organization measures air quality in Paris and its region and issues alerts when pollution spikes are expected, which in turn helps public policymakers take the necessary measures.

Digitization
Facial recognition, a booming technology

Facial recognition is one of the numerous applications of image sensors, which uses images of people captured by video cameras, websites and existing photographs. It has made tremendous improvements over the past years, and its market is expected to grow with the increased demand for the technology involved in payments, social media, targeted advertising, healthcare and enhanced surveillance techniques.

Science

Propelling space titans

Open innovation Read on

"Open Innovation, a key to transforming customer experience"

Benoît Potier
Chairman & CEO