A 100%-owned subsidiary of Air Liquide, Axane has produced and marketed hundreds of innovative fuel cell systems with numerous applications over the last 15 years.
Thanks to its expertise in fuel cells and Air Liquide's expertise in the hydrogen sector, Axane has a unique perspective that it can put to work on coherent projects.
Fuel cell systems are developed in project mode, from design to production down to operation and maintenance. The team works in synergy with Air Liquide’s other entities on issues surrounding hydrogen storage and logistics (solid, liquid, or gaseous), and energy hybridization. Fuel cells have a variety of cutting edge applications, from cinema and telecommunications, to logistics, aeronautics, and space exploration.
Fuel cells use the opposite process to the electrolysis of water. By combining its hydrogen fuel with oxygen from the air, it generates electricity and heat, with water as the only by-product. This is a non-polluting electro-chemical reaction.
When the hydrogen molecules injected in the fuel cell reach the electrode (the anode), its protons and electrons are separated. The protons cross the polymer membrane while the electrons head for the second electrode along the external circuit, thereby creating an electrical current. This membrane is called the PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane).
The oxygen in the air that arrives in the fuel cell at the second electrode (the cathode) is separated into two oxygen atoms that combine with hydrogen protons, turning into water molecules, which is the fuel cell's by-product.
fuel cell systems used around the world
hours of continuous autonomous use
temperature range for use
A clean electricity solution for sites that are not connected to the grid.
Fuel cells can supply a small electrical installation (telecommunications site, isolated home, road safety system, etc.) without the need for traditional solutions such as thermal engine power generators, meaning there is no noise, no moving parts, no pollution, no wear and tear, with a continuous power supply that other types of renewable energy cannot guarantee.
This power supply sets itself apart from rival systems with:
The most demanding customers overwhelmingly choose this solution (telecoms operators, railway network operators, air traffic controllers, highway management, etc.).
Thanks to 15 years' experience and our collaboration with Air Liquide, Axane has great fuel cell expertise: from design, to industrialization, production and installation. Axane's team continues to innovate based on learnings from past experiences, to develop ever more efficient systems. Its trial center enables Axane to test and improve its technologies.