Air Products, the UK’s market leader in hydrogen infrastructure, has announced that it is on course for a record year in its hydrogen fuel cell market.

The news comes in the same month that the UK Government has announced it is increasing its CO2 reduction target from 60% to 80% by 2050.

Air Products has experienced almost 100% growth in its global hydrogen energy business in 2008 and in the UK, has won contracts totalling several million pounds across the country for key hydrogen fuelling projects announced during the year.

The company’s leadership efforts around the world have included the fuelling of hydrogen buses at the Beijing Olympics and the first cross-country 3,073 mile fuel cell car journey across the US.

By the end of 2009, Air Products’ Hydrogen Energy Systems team will have supplied the equipment and expertise to the first seven hydrogen fuelling sites in the UK, while the future looks even brighter with the accelerated use of hydrogen across the whole of the country.

Ian Williamson, Hydrogen Energy Systems Director, Europe, India and Africa from Air Products reflected, “We are extremely proud and excited that Air Products continues to be recognised as the UK’s leader in the provision of innovative, reliable and safe hydrogen infrastructure solutions from production, transportation through to the filling of vehicle fuel tanks.”

“These ground-breaking projects represent the coming of age for hydrogen as credible transport fuel and are laying the foundation for significant CO2 reductions. We are committed to helping the Government achieve its ambitious 80% reduction target by playing our part in the hydrogen revolution in the months and years ahead,” he explained.

Recent contract wins with Yorkshire Forward, Camden Council, the University of Loughborough and the Hebridean Hydrogen Seed (H2seed) project, follow Air Products’ Transport for London contract win in March and the launch of the UK’s first hydrogen fuelling station at the University of Birmingham in April.