Air Liquide will build its first two biomethane production units in collaboration with its local partner Dentro il Sole (DIS) in Italy.
The two units will be built in Truccazzano, Milan, and Fontanella (Bergamo), recycling organic material from agricultural and livestock activities to convert it into biomethane.
The production units, scheduled to be operational in the second quarter of 2021, will have a total production capacity of 3,200 tonnes per year, equivalent to approximately 50 GWh annually.
From a circular economy perspective, the two units will also be complemented by one filling station for the supply of bio-LNG and bio-CNG to local transport communities. Air Liquide currently has more than 80 stations distributing bio-NGV across Europe and 20 biomethane production units worldwide. This new filling station will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the station will be able to refuel up to 100 trucks per day.
Emilie Mouren-Renouard, member of the Air Liquide executive committee, said: “These new investments illustrate our ability to support road transport customers by offering efficient solutions that enable them to lower their carbon footprint.
“With these two new production units in Italy, Air Liquide continues to develop its biomethane activity in Europe. In line with its Climate Objectives, Air Liquide is taking actions with ecosystems to meet the challenges of the energy transition.”