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News ReleaseAir Products is Exclusive Hydrogen Vehicle Fueler for FCHE 2011 Conference Events in Washington, DC

February 14, 2011 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products’ (NYSE: APD) hydrogen fueling technology will be very busy this week at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy (FCHE) 2011 Conference in Washington, D.C. The leader in hydrogen fueling technology, Air Products is the exclusive supplier of hydrogen and fueling technology for all the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle events for the FCHE Conference beginning today through February 16, 2011 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.

“This is the premier conference for showcasing the capabilities of hydrogen as an energy carrier. We are pleased to provide the hydrogen and fueling technology to assist the fuel cell vehicle makers’ hosting of several ride-n-drive events in Washington,” said Nick Mittica, commercial business manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. “It will be a busy week with a lot of events scheduled to demonstrate vehicle capabilities and hydrogen’s use as an alternative energy.” Details on Air Products’ portfolio of hydrogen fueling station technologies are provided at www.airproducts.com/h2energy.  

There are several scheduled ride-n-drive events, where conference attendees and others will have the opportunity to drive or ride hydrogen powered and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles over several days at the conference. Air Products will also fuel the vehicles for planned events at Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Transportation, among other locations. To learn more about the FCHE 2011 Conference go to www.hydrogenconference.org.

“We thank and applaud Air Products for their vital contribution to the success of the ride and drives and other activities during the FCHE 2011 Conference,” said Ruth Cox, president and executive director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association.

Air Products, the leading supplier of hydrogen to refineries to assist in the production of cleaner burning transportation fuels, has unique experience in the hydrogen fueling industry. These varied fueling applications provide an opportunity to assess consumer experiences, evaluate product performance and advance product improvements. In fact, in certain market applications, fueling rates at several individual sites of over 10,000 refills per year are occurring. The company has placed over 120 hydrogen fueling stations in the United States and 19 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fueled with trend-setting technologies that involve Air Products’ know-how, equipment and hydrogen. Use of the company’s technology is increasing and is currently over 275,000 hydrogen fills per year.

Air Products has more than 50 years of hydrogen experience and is on the forefront of hydrogen energy technology development. Air Products has an extensive patent portfolio with over 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology. Air Products provides liquid and gaseous hydrogen, and HCNG (hydrogen/compressed natural gas) fueling, and has developed a variety of enabling devices and protocols for fuel dispensing at varied pressures. Hydrogen for these stations can be delivered to a site via truck, produced by natural gas reformation, biomass conversion, or by electrolysis, including electrolysis that is solar and wind driven.

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.  

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2010.

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