Thomas Carrier is the founder of REGA Energy (Renewable Gas Energy), a Lisbon based company, that aims to develop, build, and operate renewable gas plants in “hard-to-abate” sectors (industries and power-to-gas).
He is a French entrepreneur dedicated to the transition to a low carbon world, an enthusiastic explorer, attracted by the complexity and the diversity of the world. An engineer by training, he left France at the age of 20 to live and work in China on a 60 high-speed trains project with Alstom Transport for the Chinese Government. Subsequently he relocated to the USA to set up the American subsidiary of a French mid-sized company.
In 2007, he joined Air Liquide as Site Manager responsible for the construction and commissioning of several industrial gas plants in South Korea, Italy, Belgium, Singapore, Poland, and China. In particular he successfully managed and delivered two 50ktpy and 90ktpy grey hydrogen plants.
In 2012, he moved to India where he successfully led the merger of two engineering centers creating a new single site with 400 collaborators.
In 2013 he was transferred to Air Liquide’s head office in Paris to develop the Small Scale LNG and Biomethane business line. There he originated several M&A deals in the US, Sweden, Norway and France. As a result of this experience, he gained an in-depth understanding of the role of Natural Gas within the global energy system.
In 2017, he was appointed head of a taskforce to explore the Air Liquide Group path to carbon neutrality. These efforts focused on sourcing large renewable solar and wind power purchase agreements, developing green hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen offers to industrial customers. As a result, he gained deep expertise in the decarbonization challenges across the industry, and in the power and renewables markets.
At the end of 2020, after 12 years of business and engineering experience in hydrogen, biomethane and low carbon markets, he decided to leave a promising career with Air Liquide in order to found ReGa Energy (Renewable Gas Energy), a Lisbon based company, that aims to develop, build, and operate renewable gas plants in “hard-to-abate” sectors (industries and power-to-gas).
Today the green hydrogen market is estimated to be worth nearly $500m, and it’s forecast to be a $10tn market by 2050, according to Goldman Sachs. Within Europe, over $430bn has been ringfenced for green hydrogen production to help achieve its Green Deal.