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Hydrogen Fuelling Station (May 2012) – the future of vehicular transport is hydrogen – whose emissions are —— water

Meanwhile backward Hong Kong plays with electric buses that need to be charged every 10 kms and cannot go up hills with the aircon on.
Air Products’ hydrogen fuelling station in Freiburg, where the vehicles stopped to refuel on route to Monte Carlo.
Air Products Hydrogen Fuelling Station Helps Fuel Cell Cars Drive from Oslo to Monte Carlo

The Zero Emissions Resource Organisation (ZERO) based in Oslo, Norway has driven two Hyundai iX35 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) from Oslo to Monte Carlo, using only existing hydrogen filling stations for refuelling. On the vehicle’s journey from Gaustad in Oslo to Monte Carlo, they stopped at fuelling stations in Denmark, Germany and France including Air Products new Freiburg hydrogen fuelling station.

Referring to the solar hydrogen station in Freiburg, Marius Bornstein, technical adviser on hydrogen at ZERO said, “When the cars go on pure solar energy, it is hardly possible to imagine a more environmentally friendly way to travel.”

“One of the challenges sometimes leveled at the commercial introduction of fuel cell technology is limited infrastructure,” commented Diana Raine, business manager of Hydrogen Energy Solutions. “However this trip is a great way of showing the significant hydrogen infrastructure advancements being made across Europe.”

The Hyundai iX35 was chosen for its range, being able to cover 500 km on a tank of hydrogen. In what could be a record setting distance the vehicles covered 2,260 km in the five days en-route to Monte Carlo with no support vehicles or mobile refuellers.

“This has never been done before, and why did we do it? To show that it is possible to drive emission free from Oslo and throughout Europe,” Marius Bornstein added.

Nicola Long, Corporate Communications Europe
Air Products Hydrogen Station Dedicated and Fueling Flint MTA Fuel Cell Bus

The Air Products hydrogen fueling station in Flint, Michigan was officially dedicated and is filling the Flint Mass Transportation Authority’s (MTA) hydrogen fuel cell powered bus now in service for riders, as the Flint MTA officially opened its alternative fuel facility today. Air Products, theleader in hydrogen fueling technology, constructed and completed the fueling station and infrastructure as part of MTA’s alternative fuels test program.

“We have had successful involvement and taken a leadership position in hydrogen fueling for mass transit. We congratulate Flint’s MTA for seeking this zero emission form of transportation and participating in the increasing trend in the evolution of mass transit that we see nationally,”said Bob Kelly, business development manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. Kelly also noted this Flint hydrogen fueling station is not the company’s first in the state as it has, and continues, to provide hydrogen fueling and infrastructure for several of the automobile companies in Michigan.

At the site, Air Products is supplying its hydrogen compression, storage and dispensing technology to fuel the bus with hydrogen produced from a PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolyzer provided by Proton OnSite. Details on Air Products’ portfolio of hydrogen fueling station technologies are provided at

Air Products has a proven global record of providing reliable fueling systems in working with themass transit industry. Some of this work includes: a mobile hydrogen fueling system for fuel cell powered buses on the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (2011, 2010); commissioning a fueling station in London to fuel a fleet of five hydrogen buses as part of the Transport for London Project (2010), and the same station will fuel the first fleet of London hydrogen taxis planned for 2012; and fueling a fleet of more than 50 hydrogen fuel cell shuttle-bus vehicles that transported athletes and government officials at the Asian Games and Asian Para Games in Guangzhou City, China (2010). The China project was similar to Air Products filling hydrogen buses at a fueling station in the Beijing Hydrogen Park during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which marked the first demonstration project for new-energy vehicles in China.

Art George, Corporate Communications

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