August 04, 2014 London, UK
Today Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced the introduction of an additional SmartFuel® hydrogen high pressure tube trailer to its fleet. A landmark first for the European hydrogen market, the trailer will deliver large volumes of hydrogen at high pressure to Air Products’ new, publicly accessible refuelling station in Heathrow, UK. The developments are part of the FCH JU Hydrogen Transport in European Cities (HyTEC) initiative led by Air Products.
The SmartFuel® station, which Air Products’ has now successfully commissioned and permanently located in Heathrow, uses state-of-the-art technology. It has 700 bar refueling capability which is a vital specification for hydrogen vehicles expected to enter commercial operation in the next few years.
The station will now take delivery of its hydrogen from the latest SmartFuel® hydrogen high pressure tube trailer to enter Air Products’ fleet. The SmartFuel® tube trailers feature specialised composite cylinders which enable them to deliver hydrogen to fuelling stations at a pressure of 500 bar; a significant enhancement on the existing 200 bar industrial hydrogen delivery models minimising the need for onsite compression. Station operators see this benefit translated into lower capital investment in the station hardware as well as a marked reduction in station operating costs. Reducing the need for onsite compression also leads to higher levels of reliability. Air Products has demonstrated this first hand at its SmartFuel® bus refuelling station in London, where onstream levels are consistently in line with industry expectations.
Commenting, Diana Raine, European Business Manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Air Products, said: “The 350 and 700-bar Heathrow fuelling station and the expansion of the SmartFuel® trailer fleet represent significant milestones in the journey to establish a long term, viable hydrogen fuelling infrastructure across the UK and Europe. Air Products is proud to be leading the HyTEC project which has played an important role in bringing together these necessary components as we prepare for the arrival of commercially available hydrogen vehicles.”
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 www.airproducts.com.
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 HyTEC Project
The HyTEC project is a partnership between two cities – London and Copenhagen. Both cities have taken political decisions to be early adopters of hydrogen technology and will work together in a pan-European partnership to implement this vision.
There are 16 Members of the HyTEC consortium from five different countries in Europe:
Air Products Plc, UK http://www.airproducts.com
Centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies (CENEX), UK http://www.cenex.co.uk
City of Copenhagen, Denmark http://www.kk.dk
Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, Denmark http://www.hydrogenlink.net/eng/copenhagen.asp
Element Energy Ltd, UK http://www.element-energy.co.uk
Fraunhofer, Germany http://www.fraunhofer.de
Greater London Authority, UK http://www.london.gov.uk
Heathrow Airport Limited, UK www.heathrow.com
Hydrogen Link, Denmark http://www.hydrogenlink.net/eng
HyER, Belgium http://www.hyer.eu
hySOLUTIONS GmbH, Germany http://www.hysolutions-hamburg.de
Intelligent Energy Ltd, UK http://www.intelligent-energy.com
LBST, Germany http://www.lbst.de
London Bus Services Ltd (TfL), UK http://www.tfl.gov.uk
London Taxi Company http://www.london-taxis.co.uk
MATGAS 2000 AIE, Spain http://www.matgas.org
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