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BP Opens New Hydrogen Fueling Station In Southeast Michigan Under U.S. Department of Energy Project.

DETROIT, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- BP today dedicated a new hydrogen fueling station as part of a U.S. Department of Energy project designed to facilitate the field-testing of fuel cell vehicles and fueling infrastructure in the United States. The program is the next step in bringing hydrogen to broad market distribution. Located at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit, the BP hydrogen station will supply fuel to DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicles.

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The BP hydrogen station at NextEnergy Center is part of a collaboration between BP, DaimlerChrysler and NextEnergy, supported by U.S. DOE's five-year fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure validation effort.

"BP is committed to developing cleaner fuels. This newest station allows us to continue our ongoing work to gain real-world experience in hydrogen fueling infrastructure and help build public awareness of this developing technology," said Bill Fitzharris, BP's general manager of technology for hydrogen for transport. "This program is a great opportunity for government, energy companies and the auto industry to work collaboratively to develop alternative fuel for the future."

A partner to BP in the DOE program, DaimlerChrysler has spent more than $1 billion in fuel cell vehicle research and development. As part of the world's largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles, DaimlerChrysler has more than 30 fuel cell vehicles with customers in the United States and more than 100 around the world.

NextEnergy is a non-profit corporation founded to enable the commercialization of energy technologies that positively contribute to economic competitiveness, energy security and the environment.

"NextEnergy is delighted to work with BP and DaimlerChrysler to accelerate alternative energy solutions such as hydrogen and fuel cells to market," said Jim Croce, NextEnergy's chief executive officer. "The NextEnergy Center provides a unique platform for alternative fuel innovators like BP to test and validate their technologies in a real world environment."

BP is working with DOE and partners DaimlerChrysler and Ford to develop hydrogen fuel stations in Michigan, Florida and California. BP also is involved in refueling infrastructure to support fuel cell buses and cars in a number of cities across the world, including Barcelona, Spain; Stuttgart and Hamburg in Germany; London, U.K.; Porto, Portugal; Singapore and Perth, Australia.
 Notes to Editors
 * BP is one of the world's largest energy companies, with global interests
 in more than 100 countries. It is a major producer of oil and gas and
 has substantial refining, retail, petrochemical and solar interests. The
 company employs nearly 100,000 people worldwide.
 * BP's investment in hydrogen demonstration programs supports the
 company's global commitment to provide lower carbon energy and cleaner
 fuels today and in the future. In the United States, BP offers natural
 gas for the industrial customer, solar power for residential and
 business use, low-sulfur gasoline for the driver and ultra-low sulfur
 diesel for the bus or truck fleet. In the longer term, that list may
 include broad use of hydrogen.
 * BP produces 5,000 tons of hydrogen per day and is a key player in
 hydrogen demonstration projects across the globe. Some examples of these
 projects include:
 -- BP is the largest hydrogen infrastructure partner in the DOE fuel
 cell vehicle and infrastructure validation project. (Is this still
 accurate?)
 -- BP is the leading hydrogen infrastructure provider to CUTE (Clean
 Urban Transport for Europe), a pan-European nine-city fuel cell bus
 project.
 -- BP is a partner in the California Fuel Cell Partnership, which
 operates a hydrogen fueling station in Sacramento.
 -- The BP company ARAL built the world's first public hydrogen
 refueling station at Munich Airport in 1998.




Additional information about BP's hydrogen program can be found at http://www.bp.com/hydrogen.

For more information on BP, please go to http://www.bp.com/.

CONTACT: Valerie Corr, BP America, office: +1-630-821-3206, mobile: +1- 630-881-9911; or Nick Cappa, DaimlerChrysler, +1-248-512-4266; or Dan Radomski, NextEnergy, +1-313-833-0100, ext. 150

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