Coventry Joins Birmingham and Loughborough Universities in Landmark Hydrogen Infrastructure in the Midlands, UK
March 24, 2010 London, U.K.
Today, Coventry University announced its decision to commission an award-winning Series 100 hydrogen fuelling station from leading provider Air Products (NYSE:APD).
Coventry University’s decision to house a hydrogen fuelling station on campus, makes it part of a cluster of Air Products’ stations dominating the region. Joining the Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough, Coventry adds to the Midlands Hydrogen Ring of fuelling facilities that will form the heart of planned UK hydrogen fuelling infrastructure spanning the country.
Air Products, the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen fuelling stations, is expected to install their Series 100 fuelling station at the University in March. The station will be used as part of the Government’s Technology Strategy Board and Advantage West Midlands funded CABLED project – Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators- which will see 110 low carbon vehicles operating between locations.
Ian Williamson, Hydrogen Energy Systems Director at Air Products Europe said:
“We are delighted that Coventry University chose Air Products to install its hydrogen fuelling station and strengthen the Midlands Hydrogen Ring. Creating a link of refuelling points strategically placed around the Midlands is a vital first step as the UK moves closer to a hydrogen economy. As investment in fuelling infrastructure continues to grow along with car manufacturer’s continued investment in hydrogen vehicle development, a significant reduction in carbon emissions through a hydrogen economy is not too far away.”
John Latham, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Business Development, Coventry University:
"For 25 years Coventry University has supplied the automotive industry with world class graduates, research, training and facilities. The installation of the Air products hydrogen fuelling station and the provision of hydrogen vehicles from our spin out company, Microcab, underlines the University’s commitment to provide state-of-the-art expertise to the automotive industry. The hydrogen vehicle and fuelling infrastructure is concurrent with the University's plans for continued significant investment in low emissions related automotive research, education and facilities."
Welcoming the announcement, Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South said:
“This is good news for Coventry University and is yet another example of their commitment to research and development. This partnership is very exciting. The West Midlands is known throughout the country for its innovation and high skill level. We need to ensure that we remain at the forefront of research and development by encouraging the development of low carbon infrastructure.”
“The development of the low carbon economy in the West Midlands will also help create new jobs and develop new manufacturing technologies. This is crucial to helping businesses and families recover from the recession.”
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About 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. In fiscal 2009, Air Products had revenues of $8.3 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Air Products is the world's largest supplier of hydrogen and a leader in applications in the fields of hydrogen production, supply and safety. Air Products has played a leading role in the development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel of the future. This is documented, among other things, by more than 50 patents in the field of hydrogen fuelling technology. The company provides the necessary technology and infrastructure for the hydrogen fuelling of cars, buses, trucks, forklift trucks, aircraft, trains, cell towers and even submarines. Its references include the hydrogen fuelling stations for the bus shuttle service at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the fuelling technology for five fuel cell buses used by Transport for London, supplying the entire hydrogen needs of the German navy's fuel cell submarines and the largest number of hydrogen fuelling stations in the UK.
Air Products has experience of more than 110 hydrogen fuelling stations in 18 countries. More than 135,000 safe fuellings a year are currently completed at the company's fuelling stations – and this figure is increasing rapidly.
About Coventry University
Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research.
Students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines including health, design and engineering laboratories, performing arts studios and computing centres. The University has been chosen to host three national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which has it to invest substantial sums of money in health, design and mathematics.
The city-centre campus is continually developing and evolving, with plans for further investment over the next few years. The University is a major presence in Coventry, which contributes to the city's friendly and vibrant atmosphere and also enables it to foster successful business partnerships.
Through its links with leading edge businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors, students are able to access project and placement opportunities that enhance their employability on graduation.