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News ReleaseCoventry University Fuels Hydrogen Cars for First Time

Air Products Fuelling Station Opened at Low Carbon Cities Conference

December 01, 2010 London, U.K.

Today, Coventry University unveiled its award-winning Series 100 hydrogen fuelling station from leading provider Air Products.

The station will be used predominantly to fuel a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles which are built in Coventry by the University’s own spin-off company, Microcab. As part of a wider government funded piece of research, local people will be able to apply to trial the vehicles on the UK’s roads. The government’s Technology Strategy Board and Advantage West Midlands funded CABLED project – Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators – will see 110 low carbon vehicles operating between locations.

The opening of the station completes the next stage in the creation of a Hydrogen Ring of fuelling facilities in the Midlands that form the heart of planned UK hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.

Ian Williamson, European Hydrogen and Bio Energy Director at Air Products and President of the European Hydrogen Association explains: “The new facility at Coventry University strategically links three cities in the Midlands with hydrogen fuelling stations and will prove to be a vital step towards the creation of a low carbon hydrogen transport infrastructure for the UK.

“For members of the public to be able to trial hydrogen cars for first time on the Midlands’ roads is a hugely exciting development,” Ian Williamson adds. “It demonstrates that this low carbon technology is available today and with the right fuelling infrastructure, can be used across the country.”

John Latham, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Development at Coventry University said: "Coventry University's new hydrogen fuelling station and our ongoing investment and research into low emissions related automotive technologies underlines our commitment to providing state-of-the-art expertise to help grow Britain's low carbon economy."

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.”

The Series 100 fuelling station won the Rushlight Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry award in February 2010. For more details follow this link www.airproducts.co.uk/news/2010-02-09.htm.  

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 120 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.

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