November 20, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products’ (NYSE: APD) hydrogen storage, compression and vehicle dispensing technology was formally placed into service at a hydrogen fueling station as Shell Hydrogen LLC, part of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE: RDS.A NYSE: RDS.B), cut the ribbon on its new location in White Plains, New York last week. The White Plains station includes Distributed Energy Systems Corp.’s (NASDAQ: DESC) FuelGen® onsite hydrogen generation system, which will provide hydrogen via Air Products’ hydrogen fueling technology, to fuel Westchester and New York Metropolitan area residents’ automobiles participating in a novel fuel cell vehicle testing program.
The Shell station at the White Plains Public Works Depot is a commercial fueling station with access for fuel cell vehicle testing program participants. Distributed Energy Systems was the prime contractor to Shell for this installation, and was responsible for project design, equipment procurement, site preparation, and installation and commissioning of the station. Air Products was a major subcontractor on the project, and its Series 200 (350 bar system) with hydrogen storage, compression, and dispensing equipment provides the supplied hydrogen into the fuel cell vehicle.
"We are excited to play a role in this public hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing program. It is a first for the New York Metropolitan area. It will provide for onsite hydrogen generation, fueling and fuel cell vehicle testing in a climate with a wide range of cold and hot seasonal temperatures," said Bob Kelly, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. "This program provides another step forward for showing the potential of hydrogen as an alternate fuel for transportation vehicles."
The FuelGen hydrogen generation system, which is based on proton exchange membrane electrolysis technology, converts electrical energy and water into hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen is then stored, compressed and safely dispensed by Air Products hydrogen fueling technology into clean and efficient hydrogen-fueled fuel cell automobiles.
Air Products and Shell also collaborated on an earlier hydrogen fueling station in November 2004. The Shell station in operation at Benning Road in Washington, D.C. made Shell the first energy company in North America to provide the environmentally friendly fuel at a consumer retail site, alongside conventional fuels.
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 75 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. Air Products has also placed its mobile fueler technology in operation at over 20 United States and worldwide locations. The versatile Air Products mobile hydrogen fueler comes complete with fuel 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.
Over 45,000 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, HCNG (hydrogen/compressed natural gas) vehicles, and hydrogen powered forklifts, lift trucks and automated guided vehicles in the developing materials handling market. Air Products 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. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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