July 27, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products recently supplied hydrogen to Toyota's Technology Seminar 2005 which took place in Gründau, near Frankfurt, Germany.
Amongst the vehicles being demonstrated was Toyota's latest Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV). This vehicle has been designed to run on a combination of hydrogen fuel cell and battery power to maximise the efficiency of the powertrain.
The FCHV, already on limited commercial release in the US and Japan, was amongst a number of new technologies evaluated by invited government, media and non-governmental organisations guests at the German Automobile Association facility at Grundau.
The hydrogen was supplied using the Air Products' Series 100 fuelling station. The Series 100 has been specially designed to meet the fuelling needs of the first hydrogen vehicles to appear on our roads. The fueller comprises an integrated compression, hydrogen storage and dispensing system, and contains sufficient hydrogen to fuel two to three cars per day. Minimal onsite utilities are required for the fueller, which can be easily moved from site to site, making it a perfect solution for events such as Toyota's.
This was the fourth such fueller from Air Products be used in Europe. Audi have a Series 100 fuelling station at their research centre, and BP have purchased two to fuel the hydrogen car from Ford and Daimler Chrysler. A further ten Series 100 fuellers are operated by Air Products elsewhere around the world.
Air Products is also co-operating with Toyota in California and installed a Series 100 hydrogen Fuelling Station at the University of California-Davis for the purpose of filling Toyota fuel cell powered vehicles.
Air Products produces over 1.25 million tonnes of hydrogen per year and has six liquid hydrogen facilities and seven hydrogen pipeline systems around the world. The company has been involved in the production and supply of hydrogen for over 50 years and has supplied all the liquid hydrogen for NASA's space missions.
Air Products also supplies to a variety of other industries, including metals processing, refining, chemical production, fat and oils production and electronics processing, as well as supplying hydrogen purification equipment.
The company is strongly committed towards the future development of hydrogen in energy applications such as vehicle fuel and its use in a fuel cell to generate power. New technologies are being developed such as hydrogen fuelling stations. More than thirty fuelling stations have been built in the past ten years and there are plans to build another twenty by the end of this year. Air Products has recently won a contract to supply the German Navy fuel cell submarines with hydrogen.
For more information on Air Products capabilities' please refer to our website www.airproducts.com/h2energy
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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.