Linde North America will be the exclusive supplier of hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles at the Shell Eco-marathon in Houston, Texas – held later this week.

More than 100 teams of college and high school students from across the Americas will bring their ultra energy efficient vehicles and see who can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s most challenging student innovation competitions that take place annually in Europe, Americas and Asia.

The Houston event will be held at Discovery Green Park and George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, from the 25 to the 27th of April.

Mike Beckman, vice president Hydrogen Fueling, said, “Shell chose Linde as its exclusive worldwide hydrogen supplier because it wanted a solid and technically capable global partner for all of its Eco-marathon events around the world.” The first event of 2014 was held in Manila, Philippines, in February; Rotterdam, Netherlands, will be the site for the May event.

“The Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient car,” said Norman Koch, Technical Director Shell Eco-marathon. “We are very pleased to partner with Linde for the fourth consecutive year supporting these students to develop energy efficient mobility solutions for the future.”

“Linde will be working with eight teams whose vehicles will require hydrogen, and will be providing valuable technical support and advice to the student teams from North and South America,” Beckman said.

“While Linde hydrogen fueling systems involve very sophisticated technology, the filling operation is designed to be relatively simple. This simplicity is a critical aspect to the success of hydrogen as a fuel,” Beckman said.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants, Linde covers the entire technology spectrum required to successfully use hydrogen as an energy carrier – from generation to refueling. Linde has equipped over 80 fuelling stations in 15 countries with innovative hydrogen refueling technology, supporting fuel cell cars, buses, forklifts and other uses.