May 03, 2011 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE: APD), the leader in hydrogen fueling technology, today announced it has signed a contract with Sorensen Gross Construction Services to build a hydrogen fueling station in Flint, Michigan to fuel a hydrogen fuel cell bus owned by Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority (MTA). The station, which will be part of the MTA’s alternative fuels test program, is to be onstream in April 2012.
“This agreement continues to reinforce our leadership in the evolution of mass transit,” said Bob Kelly, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. “Air Products has a proven record of working with the mass transit industry and is selected for these types of projects because of its technical capabilities in design and, specifically, its record of executing major projects in a safe and timely manner.”
“Sorensen Gross is excited to be part of a team that will bring the future of transportation fuel to our community. We are particularly pleased to be collaborating with Air Products, the MTA, and other team members in this endeavor as they are all leaders in their fields who will bring great expertise to this project,” said Ghassan Saab, CEO at Sorensen Gross.
Air Products will supply its hydrogen compression, storage and dispensing technology to fuel the bus with hydrogen produced from an electrolyzer provided by Proton OnSite. Details on Air Products’ portfolio of hydrogen fueling station technologies are provided at www.airproducts.com/h2energy.
“Proton OnSite is pleased to be working with Air Products and the MTA in Flint, Michigan to showcase our industry leading, onsite hydrogen generation fueling product,” said Robert Friedland, president and CEO of Proton OnSite. “This kind of joint public and private enterprise involving global leaders in industrial gases and onsite hydrogen generation, coupled with a forward-thinking transit agency like Flint’s MTA, is crucial in helping the United States move beyond fossil fuels. We want to help enable more fueling options, those that are affordable, clean and reliable. When commuters start riding this bus next spring, they will be supporting a big step for Flint and this country overall in terms of the available fuel options.”
Air Products has been involved in several recent mass transit fueling projects. These include: fueling five new hydrogen fuel cell powered buses that transport riders daily on the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) bus system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (2010); commissioning its fueling station in London to fuel a fleet of five hydrogen buses as part of the Transport for London Project (2010), and the same station will fuel the first fleet of London hydrogen taxis planned for 2012; and fueling a fleet of more than 50 hydrogen fuel cell shuttle vehicles that transported athletes and government officials at the Asian Games and Asian Para Games in Guangzhou City, China (2010). The China project was similar to Air Products filling hydrogen buses at a fueling station in the Beijing Hydrogen Park during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which marked the first demonstration project for new-energy vehicles in China.
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 15,000 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 350,000 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.
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