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News ReleaseAir Products' Hydrogen Fueling Technology Now in Operation in Washington, D.C. at Shell Retail Vehicle Filling Station

Site is North America's First IntegratedHydrogen and Gasoline Station

November 10, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products' (NYSE:APD) hydrogen fueling technology was an integral part of an historic event today as Shell Hydrogen officially opened North America's first-ever hydrogen filling station at an existing retail gasoline site in Washington, D.C. The Benning Road demonstration project makes Shell the first energy company in North America to provide the environmentally friendly fuel at a consumer retail site, alongside conventional fuels. Initially, it will provide fuel for six GM Hydrogen 3 fuel cell vehicles participating in this Shell-General Motors partnership demonstration project.

"This is a milestone demonstration project, and Air Products is very proud to be the hydrogen fueling equipment and technology supplier to Shell for North America's first integrated hydrogen and gasoline station," said Tama Copeman, director of Future Energy Solutions at Air Products. "Shell and General Motors are to be commended for their approach to this project, which included establishing an educational visitor's center. Through all of these efforts, hydrogen as an energy-carrier will gain a greater public understanding."

Shell Hydrogen and General Motors are combining resources to help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a commercially viable reality. The Washington, D.C. initiative represents an important step forward in the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. "Today marks the next major step in Shell Hydrogen's effort to make a substantial advance and move research further into reality," said Jeremy Bentham, chief executive officer of Shell Hydrogen. "The Benning Road station in Washington, D.C. represents a real-world urban-driving scenario to demonstrate hydrogen cars and refueling."

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 from a distributed hydrogen supply. The hydrogen fueling facility in Washington, D.C. has the capacity to dispense 20 kilograms of gaseous hydrogen per day and also provides a dispenser for liquid hydrogen vehicle fueling.

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. In July 2004 in Singapore, Air Products hydrogen fueling technology helped launch the world's first hydrogen filling station at an existing retail gasoline station. Earlier, in April 2004, 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".

About Shell Hydrogen
Shell Hydrogen refers to the companies of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group which are engaged in the pursuit and development of businesses related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Each of the companies, which make up the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies is an independent entity and has its own separate identity. Principal offices are located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with regional bases in Houston and Tokyo. Shell Hydrogen is the only energy company with fuel cell demonstration projects in each of the major hydrogen markets: Japan (Tokyo), North America (Washington) and Europe (Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Reykjavik). For more information on Shell Hydrogen, visit www.shell.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 and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

For more information on hydrogen energy, visit our Hydrogen Energy Web site.

***NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

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