Air Products has announced it has signed an agreement to be the hydrogen fuelling station and technology supplier for FirstElement Fuel’s initial network of 19 hydrogen-fuelling stations to be built throughout California in 2015.
The SmartFuel® hydrogen fuelling stations will be supplied to FirstElement Fuel following the company’s success in winning multiple grants through the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) hydrogen-fuelling program. Air Products will also be the hydrogen supplier for all 19 stations, which will be open to the public at a time when several vehicle manufacturers prepare to launch fuel cell vehicles into the California market in 2015.
“This is recognition of Air Products’ innovative hydrogen capabilities. Our hydrogen fuelling station technology is a product that has a small footprint, can be placed on-site at existing retail gasoline fuelling stations, and is also cost-effective. We are excited to be a part of the project team and to have been selected by FirstElement Fuel to supply the station infrastructure and the hydrogen fuel for this impressive effort,” said Ed Kiczek, global business director – Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. Mr. Kiczek added that this is the second of three hydrogen station product lines to be introduced in the retail space by Air Products.
Commenting, Diana Raine, European Business Manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems, Air Products, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our network of SmartFuel® stations across California, deploying state of the art standardised refueling technology. Hydrogen fuel has an important role to play in the future transport mix, and its benefits have already been demonstrated by our existing projects, both in California and here in London. Creating this wider network of fuelling stations will allow fuel cell vehicles, when they are deployed on a mass scale, to be put immediately into practical use.”
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