November 16, 2010 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE: APD), the leading global hydrogen supplier to refineries to assist in making cleaner burning transportation fuels, today announced it is supplying hydrogen to power a fleet of more than 50 hydrogen fuel cell buses in operation at the Asian Games and Asian Para Games from November 12–December 19 in Guangzhou City, China. It is another energy conservation and new-energy vehicle demonstration project similar to the one Air Products won in China for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Powered by Air Products’ hydrogen, the fuel cell buses of the Clean Energy Automotive Engineering Centre (CEAEC) of Tongji University will shuttle athletes and government officials between facilities during the Games. The goal of this effort is to achieve zero-emission transportation at the Games’ venues and promote low vehicle emissions in surrounding areas. Air Products is also providing liquid nitrogen for use at the hydrogen fueling station.
“We would like to thank Tongji University and are honored to play a role in supporting the Chinese government’s commitment to making the Asian Games a high-technology, environmentally-friendly and energy-saving event,” said CS Saw, Asia vice president, Liquid Bulk and Generated Gases for Air Products. “For an event like this, reliable and safe supply is critical. This win underscores our strong supply position in South China and also our leading position in supporting the Chinese government in the commercialization of new-energy vehiclesto build a greener world.”
Air Products has built a strong supply capability in South China. Hydrogen is being delivered from its Zhuhai plant, the largest high purity hydrogen plant in the Guangdong Province, by truck to the hydrogen fueling station installed by CEAEC inside the Asian Games site.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Air Products’ hydrogen fueling technology was used to fill hydrogen fuel cell buses at a fueling station in the Beijing Hydrogen Park. It was also the first demonstration project for new-energy vehicles in China.
A global leader in hydrogen fueling technology, Air Products has placed over 120 hydrogen fueling stations in the United States and 18 countries worldwide. Cars, material handling equipment, locomotives, planes, and even submarines have been fueled with this trend-setting technology that involves Air Products’ know-how, equipment and hydrogen.
Air Products was one of the first multinational gas corporations to enter Shenzhen and built a plant in the Shekou Industrial Zone that produces and distributes a full range of high purity gases and liquefied gases, mixed gases and specialty gases in cylinder packaging. Air Products also has an air separation unit in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone, which is one of the largest production facilities for liquefied products in China. In addition, its plant in Putian uses liquefied natural gas cold energy to produce industrial gases to supply the fast growing market in Fujian.
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.
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