Air Products to Provide Capital with Fuelling Station for Fleet of Hydrogen Buses
November 04, 2010 London, U.K.
Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced a second hydrogen fuelling station is to be installed in London by the end of 2011. The second station will fuel three hydrogen buses that produce no emissions at the point of use and sees London take a further step towards developing a low-carbon transport infrastructure.
The announcement was made today in the city of Cologne at the opening ceremony of the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) Project who are sponsoring the new fuelling station.
This project builds on the introduction of a fleet of five hydrogen buses, fuelled by another Air Products fuelling station that will shortly be operating around the Capital. It is a clear indication that London is leading the way on low-carbon transport innovation and working with global industry pioneers such as Air Products.
In addition, the first fleet of London hydrogen taxis is planned for 2012, which will contribute further to the hydrogen infrastructure and to reducing emissions in the Capital.
Ian Williamson, European Hydrogen and Bio Energy Director at Air Products and President of the European Hydrogen Association, said: “With hydrogen buses and taxis soon to be on London’s streets and now an additional fuelling station planned for next year, the Capital is at the forefront of low carbon transport investment and adoption in the UK.”
“Air Products are involved in many high profile renewable energy projects around the world. We are very proud of our role in this latest project, which is really putting London on the hydrogen map.”
Pure hydrogen powered or hydrogen battery hybrid vehicles offer a realistic alternative to fossil fuels because they can offer the consumer range, speed and fuelling time customers need, with no emissions at the point of use.
Supported by transport authorities of five European cities including London (GB), Aargau (Switzerland), Bolzano (Italy), Milan (Italy) and Oslo (Norway) and the EU Joint Undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH JU), the CHIC project is based on a staged introduction and build-up of bus fleets and the supporting hydrogen refuelling stations and infrastructure.
The intention is to create a phased approach, which will link cities in partnerships, facilitating the smooth introduction of low carbon infrastructures across Europe. In total, the project will facilitate the integration of 26 fuel cell hydrogen buses across the continent.
The project seeks to leverage the involvement of partners in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Whistler (Canada), which already have experience of introducing fuel cell buses in their public transport fleets.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.
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 2010, Air Products had revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,300 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 200,000 hydrogen fills per year.