SONOMA, Calif. -- Linde North America Inc. is powering progress and helping bright energy ideas grow into reality at Make the Future California, an event held in conjunction with the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The Shell Eco-marathon is a unique challenge in which student teams from around the world design and build energy-efficient vehicles and then compete to see which vehicle can travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel. Linde, a global leader in hydrogen fueling technology, will team up with Shell for the eighth year to support high-school and college teams competing in the Sonoma Raceway event with vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Linde will supply fuel, technical know-how, and support to all 13 student teams registered to race in the fuel cell category.
This is the first time that Make the Future will take place in a region that has already commercialized fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Linde, a pioneer in providing hydrogen stations for FCEVs, currently operates four of the 32 retail hydrogen stations open in the state of California. The Linde station in West Sacramento was the first fully retail hydrogen station in the world.
"Linde was among the first to recognize hydrogen's potential as a clean fuel," said Mike Beckman, Vice President, Hydrogen Fueling, Linde Americas. "We've invested in developing the technologies necessary for hydrogen infrastructure. Our ongoing support for the hydrogen teams at the Shell Eco-marathon is an investment in developing talent for this new energy frontier."
Linde's participation at the 2018 Make the Future California event includes:
Sponsoring the award for the winning Hydrogen fuel cell team;
- A virtual reality experience that lets visitors "walk" through a hydrogen production plant and see how hydrogen is cleanly and efficiently produced from natural gas;
- Providing a team of Linde hydrogen experts that will inspect all competing fuel cell vehicles and offer technical expertise.
"Hydrogen is the most economically viable clean energy fuel on display at the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon and is now gaining recognition for its staggering potential," said Kushal Doshi, Senior Applications Equipment Engineer for Linde H2 Fueling and Linde's technical lead for the event. "Worldwide, government and industry are doubling down on their commitments to deploy fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling infrastructure, and Linde continues to be at the forefront of the market."
As the world's largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants, Linde covers the entire technology spectrum required to successfully use hydrogen as a fuel and for stationary power. To date, Linde has equipped more than 100 hydrogen stations in 15 countries with innovative hydrogen refueling technology, including five in California. For more information, please visit whyhydrogen.linde.com.
About The Linde Group
In the 2017 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD 21.1 bn (EUR 17.113 bn), making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 58,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business, with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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