To encourage and accelerate the deployment of clean hydrogen (H2) energy to promote sustainable growth, Air Products will sponsor the 3rd International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Congress (FCVC) 2018 and the pre-congress Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Itinerant Exhibition & Roadshow (FCVI), which is the first ever in the Yangtze River Delta Region in East China.

The series of events, organised by the International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (IHFCA) and the Society of Automotive Engineers of China (SAE-China), will kick off on 12th October in Jiangsu Province’s Rugao, a pilot city in China for H2-based economy demonstration under the United Nations Development Programme, stop over in Nantong and Shanghai, and conclude at FCVC 2018, which will take place from 23rd to 25th October in Rugao.

As one of the key sponsors, Air Products will use its proprietary SmartFuel® technology mobile H2 fuelling station and fuel grade H2 to fill H2 cars made by some well-known automotive manufacturers along the events.

At FCVC 2018, Frank Yu, Vice-President of Eastern China at Air Products, will deliver a speech titled, ‘Building the H2 Infrastructure to Support the Development of Fuel Cell Vehicles’. In addition, the Tier One company will showcase its total H2 solution including H2 production, storage, transportation and advanced dispensing technology.

“We are honoured to participate and support the series of events and to advocate clean H2 energy through knowledge-sharing and education,” said Yu. “Air Products has been actively promoting H2 and its applications through our proven, reliable technology and total solution covering the entire H2 value chain for a greener environment.”

“Working together with our customers and partners, we strive to support the building of the Yangtze River Delta regional H2 corridor to create a more sustainable future for this city cluster.

Air Products will continue to increase H2 production capacity in the Yangtze River Delta to supply high quality H2 to local customers. Early this year, the company signed an agreement with the state-owned Shenhua New Energy Co. Ltd. to provide two H2 dispensers to China Energy Investment Corporation Limited’s first H2 fuelling station being built in Rugao.

In China, Air Products has previously participated in several H2 demonstration projects, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Asian Games, and 2011 Shenzhen Universiade, to drive the use of this clean energy. The company has recently signed agreements with Fullcryo to support its first, as well as China’s first, commercial-scale liquid H2-based fuelling station. As a key member of the National Alliance of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, and the vice chairman company for IHFCA, Air Products has been supporting the H2 energy blueprint outlined in the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan.

“We are pleased to play a role in driving clean energy and to support the Chinese government’s 13th Five-Year Plan. Air Products has been involved in more than 250 H2 fuelling projects in over 20 countries around the world, and we see this as another opportunity to continue bringing our experience in advanced H2 supply and dispensing technologies to China,” emphasized Saw Choon Seong, China President at Air Products.