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News ReleaseThe Outer Hebrides and Air Products Lead the Renewable Hydrogen Revolution

May 21, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Air Products today announced they have signed an agreement to help bring renewable hydrogen technology to Stornoway, on the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Air Products will provide a dedicated hydrogen fuelling station and storage facilities for the Islands’ hydrogen-powered cars as part of the Comhairle’s Hebridean Hydrogen Seed (H2seed) project. The hydrogen fuelled vehicles will be used as pool vehicles for employees of the Comhairle, as well as for educational and public awareness campaigns.

The H2seed project is phase 2 of the Comhairle’s Hebridean Hydrogen Park plan. H2seed is establishing a renewably generated hydrogen supply chain in the Outer Hebrides, providing technology demonstration projects, delivering appropriate safety training to users and emergency services, and undertaking public awareness activities.

Air Products is the market leader in the development of hydrogen fuelling stations, having already installed over 20 mobile fuellers, built more than 80 stations worldwide, and taken part in over 50,000 vehicle fuellings.

Ian Williamson, Hydrogen Energy Systems Director, Europe, Middle East and Africafrom Air Products said:

“We are very pleased to become a partner in the delivery of one of the most innovative projects in renewable hydrogen generation, distribution and practical application.

We look forward to bringing our extensive experience and expertise to Scotland, to the Hebridean Hydrogen Seed project, and to the communities of the Outer Hebrides.”

Ruairi MacIver, Project Manager, H2seed project said:

“We are delighted that Air Products will be a partner in the H2seed project; it gives us access to the world’s leading technology in hydrogen storage, dispensing and training.

The Outer Hebrides and Scotlandcan be proud to be taking the lead in developing renewable hydrogen production and distribution technology; we are setting an example that will be followed across the world.”


Notes to Editors:

Outer Hebrides Hydrogen Project
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles Council) has a vision to establish a hydrogen economy within the Outer Hebrides. The Hebridean Hydrogen Seed (H2seed) project, the second phase of the Hebridean Hydrogen Park, will establish a renewable hydrogen production and distribution facility.

The region suffers from the highest fuel costs in the UK and yet is surrounded by the richest renewable energy resources in Europe. Exploitation of this resource for electrical generation is presently constrained by the weak nature of the region’s connection to the national grid.

These circumstances represent a unique opportunity, harnessing the rich renewable and sustainable energy resources for hydrogen generation and demonstrating pre-commercial hydrogen technologies on a near-commercial basis.

The Hydrogen fuelling station and storage facilities will be operational in October 2008.

The H2seed project is being delivered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, HIE-Innse Gall and the Stornoway Trust in conjunction with specialist advice from Lews Castle College, PURE Energy™ Centre LTD and NTDA Energia.

The project is part funded by the Scottish Government’s Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Support Scheme.

More information is available at the project web-site (www.hydrogenhebrides.com) or alternatively from Ruairi MacIver on T: +44 (0) 1851 709274, M: +44 (0) 7825 356226, E: ruairi.maciver@cne-siar.gov.uk.  


Air Products

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.  

More information on Air Products’ hydrogen fuelling station technologies and activities can be found at: www.airproducts.com/h2energy.  


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