Air Products has signed cooperation and equipment supply agreements with Beijing Sinoscience Fullcryo Technology Co. (Fullcryo) to accelerate the development of hydrogen (H2) infrastructure and support China’s first, commercial-scale liquid H2-based fuelling station.

The two companies will cooperate from demonstration to commercialisation, including construction, operation, maintenance, and gas supply for liquid H2-based fuelling stations in China.

Under the equipment supply agreement, Air Products will provide two state-of-the-art, integrated Smartfuel® technology fuelling stations to Fullcryo for constructing the first-of-its-kind station located in Guangdong Province, South China.

In compliance with the SAE’s (Society of Automotive Engineers) J2601 fuelling protocol, the station will consist of key components, including a liquid H2 storage tank, high-efficiency booster pump, high-pressure gasifier and gaseous storage tank, dispenser, and control system. Its fuelling capacity is designed to reach 500 kilograms per day of H2 and can be expanded to 1,500 kilograms per day for both 35Mpa and 70Mpa fuelling.

“We are pleased to join forces with Fullcryo and proud to play a key role in rolling out the world-class liquid H2-based fuelling station in China,” said Saw Choon Seong, China President at Air Products. “Air Products is committed to supporting the Chinese government to implement its H2 energy roadmap outlined in the 13th Five-Year Plan.”

“We provide total solutions from H2 production, storage and delivery to fuelling technology systems and related infrastructure. By combining these offerings with our global experiences, local leading supply capabilities and proven safety performance, we strive to drive continuous breakthroughs and commercialisation of the environmentally-friendly fuel for a greener planet.”

Liquid H2-based fuelling stations, which involve advanced gas storage and fuelling technology, can bring added benefits, including higher throughput, lower energy consumption, and relatively smaller footprint. It represents an important approach for large-scale H2 energy applications and a mainstream trend in the development of future transportation.

Air Products has more than 60 years of H2 experience and an extensive patent portfolio with more than 50 patents in H2 dispensing technology.

In China, the Tier One corporation has participated in several demonstration projects, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Asian Games, and 2011 Shenzhen Universiade, to drive the use of this clean energy. Earlier this year, Air Products signed an agreement with the state-owned Shenhua New Energy Co. to provide two H2 dispensers to China Energy Investment Corporation Limited’s first H2 fuelling station being built in Rugao City of Jiangsu Province, East China.