08 Jan 2019


Air Products has joined the Hydrogen Council, a global coalition of CEOs dedicated to hydrogen technology. Air Products sees the development of hydrogen as an integral part of the future energy mix. It is one of the largest producers of hydrogen in the world and one of the major suppliers of technology for refuelling and distribution of hydrogen.

Air Products is involved in many innovative projects for the distribution and refuelling of hydrogen. In Germany, it supplies the hydrogen and the hydrogen filling station for the first trains running on hydrogen. Stadtwerke Hürth has granted Air Products the expansion of the existing hydrogen filling station for buses in the German city of Hürth. The fuel station will support the introduction of a fleet of 30 hydrogen buses that will be used in the Cologne region from mid 2019.

Air Products is also engaged in the further development of technology for the transport and delivery of hydrogen at filling stations. The latest innovations include the use of composite tank trucks for the transport of hydrogen under high pressure, a cryogenic two-phase compression technique for hydrogen and small steam / methane reformers for the production of hydrogen on site. In cooperation with the automotive industry, Air Products has developed protocols for the refuelling of hydrogen. There are already around 250 hydrogen refuelling stations worldwide, some of which with more than 75,000 refuelling operations per year, according to Air Products.

Air Products is the world's largest supplier of hydrogen to refineries for the production of clean, conventional fuels. The hydrogen is delivered on location with tankers or via pipelines and is made from natural gas via reforming, by conversion of biomass or by electrolysis; also with electricity generated using solar and wind energy.

The Hydrogen Council consists of CEOs from companies in the oil and energy industry, automotive manufacturers and aircraft manufacturers. The council was established at the World Economic Forum in 2017 and aims to further develop and commercialize the hydrogen and fuel cell industry through investments and new policies.

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