Air Liquide fuels first hydrogen fuel cell truck demonstration at Port of Houston

Published on January 12, 2023

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On Tuesday, Dec 13, 2022, Air Liquide joined Hyzon Motors and TALKE Group for the kick-off of the first demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck at the Port of Houston. Offices of Senator Cornyn, Congressman Crenshaw and Harris County Commissioner-Elect Lesley Briones were in attendance. This announcement comes after Airgas, an Air Liquide company, signed a separate agreement with Hyzon Motors early last year to commercially pilot and test two heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks. 

Hydrogen mobility is a critical component of decarbonizing the transportation sector, including traditional heavy-duty applications like freight and drayage operations at our nation’s ports. Moving goods from ports is the crucial first step to moving goods throughout the country, which means that decarbonizing ports and port operations is both essential to our economy and to reaching our climate goals. 

The Port of Houston was the site of a 10-day trial of Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell electric truck which TALKE Group deployed in daily drayage operations hauling cargo loads within the Port. The demonstration of hydrogen mobility is important for accelerating the energy transition toward clean fuel, especially for heavy-duty vehicles and supporting hydrogen infrastructure. Air Liquide is a pioneer in hydrogen production, distribution and fueling logistics. As the operator of one of the only facilities in the country capable of supplying liquid hydrogen for hydrogen refueling operations, Air Liquide offered a reliable, safe supply of hydrogen fuel to the trucks throughout the 10-day trial. 

Laura Parkan, vice president, Hydrogen Energy Americas, said, “Air Liquide is taking actions to advance the energy transition by decarbonizing the transportation sector and transforming heavy duty transportation through the use of hydrogen. Through collaboration with industry peers and committed partners in government and our communities, we can reach our decarbonization objectives and invent a more sustainable future for all.”