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News ReleaseAir Products’ innovative SmartFuel® technology marks the next step in hydrogen infrastructure deployment

The first of Air Products’ fleet of hydrogen high pressure tube trailers operating in Europe is launched

January 29, 2014 London, UK

Air Products (NYSE:APD) will introduce the first of its SmartFuel® hydrogen high pressure tube trailers today, capable of transporting large volumes of hydrogen at high pressure to its growing network of SmartFuel® hydrogen fuelling stations. This trailer is the first of a fleet of new design, higher pressure hydrogen tube trailers due to be deployed in the coming months.

This state-of-the-art SmartFuel® high pressure tube trailer features specialised composite cylinders for hydrogen storage that enable cost effective hydrogen from central production facilities to be delivered directly to the fuelling station at a pressure well above 350 bar; a significant enhancement on the existing 200 bar industrial hydrogen delivery models. This increased pressure removes the need for onsite compression for 350 bar vehicle refuelling and significantly reduces site compression for 700 bar vehicle refuelling. Station operators see this benefit translated into lower capital investment in the station hardware, as well as a marked reduction in station operating costs.

Minimising the need for compression on site naturally leads to higher levels of reliability, as Air Products has demonstrated first hand at its SmartFuel® bus refuelling station in London, where high onstream levels are consistently in line with industry expectations. The SmartFuel® high pressure tube trailer delivery concept also significantly reduces the space needed to deploy hydrogen refuelling stations, particularly compared with onsite hydrogen production solutions, such as electrolysis.

The SmartFuel® high pressure tube trailer put into service today was supported by the FCH JU Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) project. It has the capability to operate as a mobile fuelling station for buses and to be used to support the hydrogen fuel cell buses programme operating hydrogen-powered buses in London.

Commenting, Diana Raine, European Business Manager - Hydrogen Energy Systems, Air Products, said: “The deployment of this new and innovative Air Products’ technology represents a significant milestone in the journey to establish a long term, viable hydrogen fuelling infrastructure across the UK and Europe. It is cost effective, space efficient and reliable, and re-enforces our commitment to the creation of a thriving hydrogen transport sector.”


About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more information, visit  

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbour 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, 2011.

About the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the NEW Industry Grouping and the research community represented by Research Grouping N.ERGHY.

About the CHIC project
The CHIC (Clean Hydrogen In European Cities) project, involves integrating 26 hydrogen fuel cell buses in daily public transport operations and bus routes in five locations across Europe – Aargau (Switzerland), Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), London (UK), Milan (Italy), and Oslo (Norway). The CHIC project is supported by the European Union Joint Undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH JU) with funding of 26 million Euros, and has 25 partners from across Europe, which include industrial partners for vehicle supply and refuelling infrastructure.

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