Air Liquide and TotalEnergies have today (January 30) announced the creation of an equally owned hydrogen refuelling business, dubbed TEAL Mobility.
Hoped to accelerate the development of hydrogen heavy-duty trucks by establishing a network of 100 hydrogen refuelling stations, TEAL builds off a previously announced partnership between the two which set the same goal.
The planned stations will be under the TotalEnergies brand, and the joint venture has set an interim target of operating around 20 stations in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany from 2024 – all located on the TEN-T network.
The company already has 16 stations in operation, being 350 and 700 bar to support long-haul transportation.
Speaking to H2 View’s Edward Laity, at Hyvolution in Paris, Victor Calen, Marketing and Communications Manager at TEAL Mobility, said the network would allow shippers and carriers to find hydrogen refuelling infrastructure throughout their long-haul journeys.
Calen added, “TEAL Mobility is free to purchase hydrogen from all suppliers and manages independently the sourcing of hydrogen for its stations based on best market conditions available.
“We offer, as it becomes readily available, low-carbon and renewable hydrogen, to accelerate the decarbonisation of road transport and meet the demand of our customers.”
In 2023, the European Council adopted the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), setting targets for hydrogen refuelling stations to be deployed in all urban node and every 200km along the core TEN-T by 2030.
By combining the expertise of the French industrial gas and energy majors, the joint venture is hoped to provide a solution for transport and logistics operators looking to cut CO2 emissions.
The new company will be headed by former TotalEnergies project lead, Florentin de Loppinot who will serve as CEO.
“We believe the best way to predict the hydrogen future is to create it,” the new CEO said. “TEAL Mobility is committed to fast-tracking hydrogen mobility.”