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Messer lays cornerstone for solar-powered production unit for air gases


·       First “direct connect” solar-powered air separation unit will be installed in Texas, USA.
·       Messer management attends groundbreaking ceremony in Texas.
·       The production unit will go into operation in mid-2024.
·       Messer wants to continuously raise the energy efficiency of its plants.

Messer, the world’s largest privately held industrial gases company, has laid the cornerstone for the construction of a new air separation unit in McGregor, Texas. During daylight hours, the plant will be substantially supplied with energy from an on-site solar farm to produce oxygen and nitrogen starting from mid-2024. This is the first Messer air separation unit to have its energy needs supplied by a co-located renewable energy source.

In support of this pioneering project that exemplifies the company's commitment to sustainability and growth, Stefan Messer, CEO of Messer, and Bernd Eulitz, Deputy CEO, traveled to the USA to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for Messer’s third air separation unit in the state of Texas.

Renewable energies are proving to be economical and reliable and are reducing CO2 emissions. Messer focuses on the responsible use of resources. “One of our goals is to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and continuously reduce our CO2 footprint. One key performance indicator is the specific energy consumption of all processes,” says Bernd Eulitz.

Messer is continuously undertaking measures to achieve ever higher energy efficiency and to consistently lower specific energy consumption in the production of air gases at its worldwide locations. Messer is actively pursuing a range of programs to achieve this, including projects that sustainably increase the energy efficiency of its plants.