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News ReleaseMobile Hydrogen Fuelling Station And Series Of Fuel Cell Applications Make UK Debut

October 04, 2005 Hersham, U.K.

On Tuesday 4th October, 2005, at The Ninth Grove Fuel Cell Symposium in London, a mobile vehicle fuelling system—the Air Products Series 100 hydrogen station—will demonstrate for the first time in the UK how Air Products is leading support for the global automotive industry in its research and transition into hydrogen fuelling.

The system will be used to power the DaimlerChrysler Mercedes-Benz A-class "F-cell" fuel cell car, which will be on show at various locations, including Trafalgar Square and the symposium venue, the QEII Centre. The bi-annual symposium is the premier European event of its kind. The occasion will also be the first time the cars have been fuelled with hydrogen in the UK.

The Air Products Series 100 is a fully integrated fuelling system which offers flexibility of location and of hydrogen supply – it can operate with either delivered or onsite generated hydrogen. Flexibility of supply also has the advantage of reduced power costs, increased fuelling capacity and overall energy efficiency.

As an acknowledged leader in safety, Air Products has developed the Series 100 to exceed current European safety standards. The system is fitted with sensor-controlled automatic shutdown with leak detection and standard operator earthing. Authorised access is ensured by a personal identification number (PIN) which allows only trained personnel to use the system.

Additionally, as part of the event, Air Products will be conducting a seminar, Hydrogen for Generations to Come, at the QEII centre on Wednesday, 5th October between 10.15 and 11.15. The seminar aims to demonstrate that the understanding of hydrogen in an industrial environment can be used when designing domestic or transport systems for hydrogen use. There will be examples of recent innovations around hydrogen applications as well as examples of how existing hydrogen pipeline infrastructure is planned to be used to supply the fuel into homes.

Air Products is the world's leading producer and supplier of hydrogen, with over 50 years' experience in hydrogen applications from petrol refining to fuelling space programmes.

Other hydrogen applications

Also on display in Trafalgar Square and outside the QEII Centre, will be a trailer-mounted motorway road sign that incorporates on-board hydrogen storage supplied by Air Products. The project has been developed in partnership with theCPI Fuel Cells Application Facility in Teesside, the sign manufacturer VARiTEXT LTD and Bristol City Council, who will use the sign as part of the EU-Sponsored 'Vivaldi' initiative.

The variable message signs currently in use on our roads typically rely on diesel or LPG generators and the use of an integrated hydrogen and fuel cell system ensures a cleaner mode of power supply. The sign display is powered by a 300w fuel cell that uses hydrogen contained in six cylinders stored in the base of the trailer. The sign will operate for six to eight days on this fuel store. It is then refuelled from a hydrogen station that Air Products will install at a council depot in Bristol.

Photos of the fuelling station and the car being fuelled are available on request.

Footnotes:
http://www.vivaldiproject.org - Vivaldi – Visionary and Vibrant Actions though Local transport Demonstration Initiatives

Bristolinformation – taken from Grove website http://www.grovefuelcell.com/exhib_demonstrations2.htm  

Air Products h2 energy website www.airproducts.com/h2energy 

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

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