July 20, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) hydrogen fueling technology was placed into use yesterday for the first time ever at a retail site in Asia as BP Singapore held a public launch ceremony to officially open its hydrogen filling station, located in the eastern suburb area of Singapore. The establishment of this station makes BP the first energy company in the world to provide the environmentally friendly fuel at an existing retail site, alongside conventional fuels.
BP presented Air Products a Project Safety Award at the dedication ceremony for the safe and successful commissioning of the project. "This award is presented to Air Products for their continual efforts in helping us to meet our Project's Health, Safety and Environment objectives, and working hand-in-hand with us through various safety review processes that resulted in a high level of inherent safety in design, culminating in a safe and successful commissioning of our hydrogen refueling facility," said Peter Leong, Hydrogen Project Manager of BP Asia Pacific.
"This is a landmark demonstration project, and Air Products is very pleased to be the hydrogen fueling equipment and technology supplier to BP," said Mark McCann, sales director for Air Products Singapore. "Hydrogen as an energy carrier will gain a greater public understanding through this project, and BP and the Singapore government are to be applauded for their efforts in establishing this site."
Air Products' Series 200 fueling technology, a totally integrated vehicle fueling system, will provide the storage and dispensing of hydrogen to the vehicles. This Air Products fueling technology is designed to meet early vehicle fleet fueling requirements by providing the customer flexibility of using hydrogen generated on-site, or a distributed hydrogen supply, integrated with storage and vehicle dispensing capabilities. The hydrogen fueling facility at Singapore has the capacity to dispense 70 kilograms of hydrogen per day. Initially, it will provide fuel for six cars supplied by DaimlerChrysler.
The BP Singapore pilot project, with support from the Economic Development Board of Singapore, is part of a two-year test project to evaluate the possible application of hydrogen fuel cell technology and infrastructure for transport across the world. The Singapore hydrogen station has been developed as the inaugural project under the Singapore Initiative in Energy Technology (SINERGY) program. SINERGY is part of the government's effort to promote research and development, and testing activities in the area of clean energy for both automotive and stationary power applications.
Air Products is an industry leader in hydrogen safety and engineering, and a global leader in hydrogen production and distribution, as well as the industry leader in hydrogen fueling stations for clean transportation applications with over 30 installations in the United States and internationally. Recently, in April, it was announced Air Products would lead a project team in a five-year program funded in part by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), as part of its national "Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project".
BP is one of the world's largest energy companies, with global interests in more than 100 countries. It is a major producer of oil and gas and has substantial refining, retail, petrochemical and solar interests. The company employs more than 110,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.bp.com.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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