July 12, 2010 London, U.K.
Today sees further advancements in the UK’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure as Air Products announces plans to install the country’s first mobile hydrogen fuelling station with dual-pressure fuelling capability. It will also be the UK’s only mobile hydrogen station capable of refuelling buses.
This milestone project will be an important next step as the potential for a UK hydrogen economy moves ever closer: the station’s 700-bar hydrogen fuelling capability is pivotal in attracting demonstrations of vehicles. This is because many of the major automotive manufacturer’s vehicles now store hydrogen at this higher pressure to enable them to achieve greater range between refuellings.
Air Products is leading the consortium involved in this initiative, which includes Transport for London and the UK’s premier vehicle testing facility - Millbrook Proving Ground - where the station is based. The project is partly funded by the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Transport’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Grant Programme, which is administered by Cenex, the UK Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies.
“As a global market-leader in hydrogen fuelling – involved in many UK projects including fuelling London buses and black cabs - we’re able to deploy our innovative technologies and expertise around the world,” commented Ian Williamson, Hydrogen and Bio Energy Systems director Air Products. “The introduction of this state-of-the-art station, which will be deployed at selected sites across the UK and will be able to fuel a wide range of vehicles to desired pressures, is an important example of how this strategy benefits the UK. This state-of-the-art infrastructure allows the range benefits of hydrogen to be shown in the push towards publically viable electric mobility.”
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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 fuelling industry. In fact, in certain market applications, fuelling 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 around 130 hydrogen fuelling stations in 18 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fuelled 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.
Cenex is the UK's first Centre for Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies. By encouraging the early market adoption of low-carbon and fuel cell technologies in automotive applications, Cenex aims to assist the UK automotive supply chain to compete in global markets as well as showcase UK expertise to encourage inward investment. For further information, please visit www.cenex.co.uk.
About the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.