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Intercultural Module|Mickael Naouri and Clement Lix of Air Liquide Invited to Deliver Lecture for SPEIT

On the afternoon of November 10th, 2021, a team from Air Liquide in the Asia Pacific region, including Hydrogen Strategy Officer Mr. Mickael NAOURI, Head of Energy Management and Transition Mr. Clement LIX, Head of Research and Development Ms. ZENG Yan, Head of Hydrogen Security ZONG Zhaowang and Head of Human Resources Ms. XU Qi, delivered a lecture in person to the students of SPEIT for its intercultural module, titled “The Role of Hydrogen in Energy Transition”. The lecture was delivered from an energy perspective based on the theme of the 8th Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment - “Earth‘s Resources”, aimed at inspiring the students to deeply think about some major issues such as the Earth’s ecosystem protection and sustainable energy development.
The French Dean of SPEIT Frédéric TOUMAZET attended the lecture, and expressed his warm welcome to the whole team of Air Liquide and his gratitude to the company for its unwavering support over the years to the business-school cooperation and talent development of SPEIT. As a leader of gas, technology and service in the global industry and health areas, Air Liquide has a network of business operations across 78 countries/regions, covering a wide range of industries, such as steel, energy, aviation, engineering and manufacturing, chemical engineering, oil refining, health care, electron gas, hydrogen energy, biomethane and food. It has also been developing and applying new technologies to help support environmental protection, reduce carbon emissions and build an ecosystem of sustainable development.
At a time when the world is undergoing energy transition, China is confronted with a myriad of challenges just as the rest of the world, with energy conservation and emission reduction presenting the most pressing challenge, and hydrogen is expected to have bright prospects for tackling it. Hydrogen has been used in oil refining and petrifaction for over half a century, and will continue to play a key part in emission reduction and decarbonization in the most polluted industries and vehicles. The lecturers introduced hydrogen‘s manufacturing, storage, transportation and security, elaborated on its seven major roles in energy transition, infrastructure building, market expansion and latest technology developments, and shared the superconducting and cryogenic technology and the nuclear fusion research plan that Air Liquide has been working on.
 
In the Q&A part, the students interacted with the lecturers over the governance and division of responsibilities of Air Liquide’s offices across the globe, the merits and demerits of hydrogen-powered and electric vehicles and their market prospects, as well as the company‘s internship programme and positions available. The students were deeply impressed by the company’s vision for protecting the Earth‘s ecosystem and its sense of responsibility and mission for a shared destiny of mankind in the future.