September 12, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products’ (NYSE: APD) mobile hydrogen fueler technology was part of an historic event on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah recently when it provided Ford Motor Company the hydrogen to power the Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 as it raced to a record 207.297 miles per hour (MPH) to make it the world’s first and fastest production-based fuel cell vehicle race car.
“Congratulations to Ford and the team in joining the 200 MPH Club at Bonneville Speed Week. Air Products is pleased to have played a role in reaching an exciting speed milestone. Our mobile fueler is a leading technology and has been transported to some pretty interesting locations for testing and special events, but being placed into operation on the Salt Flats in Utah for leading edge technology has to be on the top of the list,” said Tom Mutchler, general manager, Integrated Businesses at Air Products.
Ford’s fuel cell vehicle team battled technical difficulties and a harsh desert environment en route to joining the 200 MPH Club of Bonneville Speed Week, an annual event that attracts hundreds of racing teams. The project was a partnership between Ford, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, Ballard Power Systems and Roush Racing.
There are currently an industry-leading 17 Air Products mobile hydrogen fuelers operating in the United States and worldwide today. The versatile Air Products mobile hydrogen fueler comes complete with fueling storage and dispensing, and can be transported from location to location to provide hydrogen fueling for promotional demonstrations or remote endurance testing. The fueler can be remotely monitored and is designed to ensure daily, around-the-clock hydrogen vehicle fueling availability.
Air Products has more than 50 years of hydrogen experience and is on the forefront of hydrogen energy technology development. Air Products has placed over 70 fueling stations on stream in 12 countries, including for mass transit fueling in Beijing, China for buses to be used to shuttle athletes and visitors for the 2008 Olympic Games. Over 33,000 vehicle fuelings have already taken place using Air Products’ technology. As the world’s largest supplier of merchant hydrogen, Air Products is a leader in the development of the hydrogen infrastructure necessary to fuel hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine automobiles, and HCNG (hydrogen/compressed natural gas) vehicles, and has an extensive patent portfolio with over 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology.
More information on Air Products’ hydrogen fueling station technologies and activities can be found at www.airproducts.com/h2energy.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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 $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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