The Air Liquide hydrogen station at Les Loges-en-Josas, near Versailles, will serve as a recharging point for the Solaris hydrogen bus being tested today by RATP. This bus, which will be tested during two months, will be subjected to a series of technical tests before running in real operating conditions. RATP group’s initiative meets the Île-de-France Region's energy transition objectives aiming for an entirely clean Île-de-France Mobilités bus fleet.
Since September 2019 the Air Liquide Loges-en-Josas hydrogen station has been refueling the first hydrogen bus line in France. Besides this new Solaris bus, six buses daily recharge at the station. It is one of the four Air Liquide hydrogen stations in the Ile-de-France Region. The hydrogen supplied to this network of stations is certified low-carbon.
Hydrogen is one of the key solutions to meet the challenge of energy transition in the transportation sector. It is particularly interesting for decarbonizing heavy mobility, as it allows for high autonomy and short charging time. Hydrogen buses thus meet the high-level requirements of intensive use of public transportation, while avoiding emitting any pollutant or noise. As a pioneer, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to distribution.
Air Liquide’s commitment to hydrogen energy
In the past 50 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide has designed and installed more than 120 stations around the world to date. Hydrogen is an alternative to meet the challenge of clean transportation and thus contributes to the improvement of air quality. Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to produce electricity, emitting only water. It does not generate any pollution at the point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles and zero noise. Hydrogen provides a concrete response to the challenges posed by sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas.