Air Products and the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlays a collaborative effort to potentially work together on hydrogen fuelling projects in China.

The MOU was signed by representatives of both companies during a ceremony at the opening of NICE America Research, Inc. in California.

NICE is a research and development (R&D) institute affiliated with the Shenhua Group of Beijing (China), and has been devoted to the research and development of hydrogen technologies. The organisation is interested in developing the hydrogen refuelling business in China with major global partners.

As such, Air Products comfortably meets this criteria, having extensive hydrogen fuelling experience in the US and globally, and as the largest hydrogen supplier in the world. Air Products also has a leading global position in the hydrogen fuelling and infrastructure market.

Under the MOU, Air Products and NICE provisionally agree to jointly explore hydrogen fuelling projects and identify low cost hydrogen production and distribution solutions for each project. Additionally, beyond hydrogen fuelling projects during the term of the MOU, a longer-term relationship to explore other opportunities will be considered.

Marie Ffolkes, President, Americas – Industrial Gases at Air Products, commented, “We are looking forward to collaborating with NICE in establishing a business structure to support the development of a hydrogen fuelling business in China. We believe both parties to this MOU have strengths, that when combined in a focused approach, can be successful in this developing market.”

Wilbur Mok, President, Asia – Industrial Gases at Air Products, added, “We believe there are great opportunities in China on large projects in which our expertise in large-scale oxygen production could be an asset and we look forward to examining these opportunities.”