Air Liquide launched an app this week to help hydrogen (H2) vehicle drivers find the nearest fuelling station to them.
H2 Station Finder, which first features stations in California, is available via iOS and Google Play stores. Additional H2 stations in the US and Europe will be added later this year.
Today, there are 35 publicly available H2 stations for fuelling electric vehicles (FCEVs) in California, with more set to open to the public later this year. Given this steady growth in availability, the Tier One corporation will be providing H2 drivers a connected, digital experience that makes it simple and easy to fuel up on the road.
With just a few taps within the H2 Station Finder app, drivers can find the nearest station, get directions to it, and view station details such as amenities offered. In addition, the app will enable drivers to monitor how much CO2 they have reduced by fuelling their vehicle with H2 energy.
“H2 drivers need to feel confident that they can get from Point A to Point B with ease, and ensuring they have access to H2 fuelling stations along their route is a critical part of that,” said Ole Hoefelmann, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US LLC.
“Present in the H2 sector for 50 years, Air Liquide is actively developing its energy applications and delighted to offer drivers a streamlined, user experience that allows them to get to where they need to go, when they need to go, and save emissions at the same time.”
“One of the most significant challenges of operating a H2 energy infrastructure is having consumer-friendly tools that will help drivers easily move within that infrastructure,” added Bill Elrick, Executive Director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership.
“We’re pleased that Air Liquide has stepped forward to offer such an important resource to drivers on the road, and we applaud their commitment to making California an even cleaner, greener state.”
Air Liquide’s commitment to H2 energy
Air Liquide is involved in the entire H2 supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of H2 as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide has designed and installed 100 stations around the world to date.
In January 2017, Air Liquide and Toyota co-launched the Hydrogen Council, is a first-of-its-kind global CEO initiative to foster the role of H2 technologies in the global energy transition bringing together nearly 40 leading multinationals in energy, transportation and industry.
Blue Hydrogen is an Air Liquide programme whose goal is to gradually decarbonise its production of H2 dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the H2 necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020 by combining:
● the use of renewable energies, water electrolysis, and biogas reforming,
● the use of technologies for the capture and upgrading of carbon emitted during the process of producing H2 from natural gas.
Even when it is produced from natural gas, H2 is a virtuous energy: for equal distance travelled, H2 electric cars allow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared with internal combustion vehicles and don’t produce any fine particles.