June 24, 2010 Brussels, Belgium
The General Assembly of the European Hydrogen Association (EHA) has appointed Ian Williamson as its new President. Ian, who has led Air Products’ Hydrogen and Bio Energy Systems business for seven years and was a founding member of the EU Joint Technology Initiative, succeeds Lars Sjunnesson who has led the organisation since 2005.
Promoting hydrogen for over a decade, the EHA has become a key point of reference for EU, national and local decision makers. The Association currently represents the main European companies that are active in the development of hydrogen infrastucture and 19 national hydrogen and fuel cell organisations from across Europe – including the UK Hydrogen Association of which Ian is Vice Chair. In addition, the EHA also hosts the secretariat of HyRaMP, which is the European Regions and Municipalities Partnership for hydrogen and fuel cells. HyRaMP represents more than 30 active regions in the area of hydrogen application deployment.
In his new role, Ian will oversee the EHA’s continued promotion of hydrogen as an important energy carrier in a low carbon economy. Utilising its unique membership structure, he will ensure the Association continues to leverage its close-up insight into national and local developments. This enables the EHA to communicate important hydrogen and fuel cell industry issues regarding industrial and regulatory needs to key decision makers at EU level.
“It’s crucial that the EU, national and regional governments demonstrate a commitment – backed-up by financial and non-financial incentives – to support the hydrogen and fuel cell industry,” commented Ian. “Recent developments such as the EU Competitiveness Council’s conclusions on the EU Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles Strategy, clearly show we’re making progress. I’m certain that, with the knowledge and expertise of EHA’s members, this momentum will continue build.”
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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, the leading hydrogen supplier to refineries to assist in making cleaner burning transportation fuels, has unique experience in the hydrogen fueling industry. In fact, in certain market applications, fueling rates at several individual sites of over 10,000 refills per year are occurring. These applications provide an opportunity to assess consumer experiences, evaluate product performance and advance product improvements. The company has placed over 110 hydrogen fueling stations in the United States and 18 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fueled with this trend-setting technology that involves Air Products’ know-how, equipment and hydrogen. Use of the company’s technology is increasing and is currently at 175,000 hydrogen fills per year.
About the European Hydrogen Association
Since the year 2000 the European Hydrogen Association, EHA, representing 19 national associations and the main hydrogen infrastructure development companies (SHELL, StatoilHydro, ENI, Linde, Air Liquide, Air Products) has promoted the role of hydrogen to key decision makers in Europe. Monitoring the consequences of relevant EU policy dossiers on hydrogen infrastructure development, the EHA has become a reference point for information on industrial, national, and local developments as well as a link to international progress in the field of hydrogen applications. The EHA in this way has facilitated increasing visibility of the role of hydrogen in defining EU’s response to the current energy and climate challenges. Together with its national member associations the EHA is supporting an intelligent and efficient hydrogen infrastructure build-up in Europe involving European industries and making the best use of primary energy sources. By linking EU , national and regional funding the EHA hopes to facilitate the leveraging of funding and activities to accelerate the transition to a commercial market for hydrogen applications.