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Air Products props up hydrogen fuel infrastructure. (News Briefs/Nouvelles en Bref).

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has enhanced its hydrogen fueling services for the transportation industry with a new hydrogen fueling system that can be relocated to meet a customer's changing needs. The Air Products Hydrogen Fueler, complete with fueling hook-ups and dispenser, is mounted to a trailer to allow for vehicle fueling at a customer site. The hydrogen fueler system also provides the flexibility to be easily transported to promotional events, or for remote endurance testing of hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

On December 2, 2002, Air Products delivered its first hydrogen fueler to the Honda Motor Company for their fuel cell vehicle program with the City of Los Angeles, CA. Air Products Hydrogen Fuelers are currently available on a lease basis to companies with hydrogen fueling needs, especially automobile companies. "Infrastructure is most often discussed when talking about a hydrogen economy. This system represents a bridge in the development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure," said Tama M. Copeman, director of fuel cell energy solutions at Air Products. "The Hydrogen Fueler's ability to be used without installation or utility hook-up is an important feature. It allows the customer great latitude in hydrogen-fueled vehicle program planning. We believe this zero-emission hydrogen fueling system offers reliable, cost-effective, and automated fueling capability on demand for the customer."

Only weeks before, Air Products, in a a public-private partnership between the United States Department of Energy, the City of Las Vegas and Plug Power, Inc., formally dedicated the world's first hydrogen energy station featuring the co-production of hydrogen fuel and electric power. The station, located in Las Vegas, NV, is operational, generating hydrogen on-site that is utilized both to fuel vehicles and produce electricity. The $10.8 million, five-year demonstration project is meant to serve as a commercial demonstration of hydrogen as a safe and clean energy alternative.

QuestAir Technologies of Burnaby, BC, is providing hydrogen purification equipment to the project.
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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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