Air Liquide, world leader in gases, technologies, and services for Industry and Health, has completed another phase of an ambitious project to install a network of hydrogen fueling stations in the state of California and throughout the Northeast states, in the USA. This milestone coincides with National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, which raises awareness for clean energy solutions that are available now.
Air Liquide brings state-of-the-art hydrogen fueling throughout the Northeast, in Hempstead, NY; Providence, RI; Mansfield, MA and Hartford, CT. In 2014, Air Liquide had announced plans to develop and supply a fully-integrated hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the Northeast U.S. consisting of one filling and distribution center and twelve fueling stations.
Air Liquide collaborated with Toyota on the project, to support the automaker’s market launch of new hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in the coming years, beginning with the new Toyota Mirai: a mid-size hydrogen fuel-cell car that is one of the first to go on sale to the general public.
Meanwhile, with the new hydrogen fueling stations in Palo Alto and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California, Air Liquide builds upon a number of stations already in place throughout the state, continuing the company’s efforts toward strengthening the fueling infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles.
Hydrogen offers a number of benefits for clean transportation. Used in a fuel cell, it combines with the oxygen in the air to produce electricity, with water as the only byproduct. It does not generate any pollution at its point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles and zero noise. Hydrogen brings a concrete response to the challenges of sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas. It takes less than five minutes to recharge hydrogen-powered electric vehicles for a driving range of around 600 kilometers.
Ole Hoefelmann, Vice President, Hydrogen Energy, Americas at Air Liquide, said: “What better way to celebrate National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day than to unveil new fueling stations, bringing the choice of cleaner transportation to drivers throughout the Northeast and California. We believe in a convenient, sustainable future of mobility, and this is an important step toward realizing that goal.”
Air Liquide’s commitment to hydrogen energy:
In the past 50 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide has designed and installed 100 stations around the world to date.