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News ReleaseFirst hydrogen truck demonstration in France: Air Products supplies the hydrogen gas and the mobile filling station

24/09/2021 Paris

Air Products, the world leader in the production and distribution of hydrogen, took part in the hydrogen truck demonstration days organized by the Occitanie region on the Albi motor racing circuit on 22 and 23 September. The company provided the mobile hydrogen station to refuel the heavy vehicles made available to interested companies and trained them in its use. The company also demonstrated its hydrogen know-how and experience at the end of the press conference organized on 22 September at 4.30pm. 
Air Products fournit le gaz et la station-service mobile pour la première démonstration de poids-lourds hydrogène en France
For the first time in France, two days of testing and demonstration of hydrogen trucks were organized by the Occitanie region with the support of Ad'OCC on the Albi automobile circuit for transporters. The objective was twofold: to allow them to test the feasibility and viability of the hydrogen vehicle offer directly with the manufacturers and to commit themselves as future users of the "Corridor H2". This European project, initiated by the Occitanie region, aims to decarbonize freight and passenger transport on a North/South axis from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, by developing the use of hydrogen as a new renewable fuel for heavy duty vehicles. 

Air Products, with over 60 years of experience in hydrogen fuel and services, was the obvious partner for this operation. Air Products’ technology has already been used to fuel vehicles at Air Products' hydrogen stations in 20 countries in Europe and elsewhere, and has been involved in more than 250 projects worldwide. In Albi, Air Products installed a mobile refueling station powered by hydrogen from a high-pressure gas trailer parked next to it. Air Products is committed to presenting hydrogen vehicles as the future of sustainable transport. That's why the company is offering a solution for such trials by combining a dedicated "heavy mobility" refueling station with mobile high-pressure storage capacity for rapid installation in near-real-life conditions. 

Mathieu Amar, General Manager of Air Products in France, was present at the press conference organized at 4.30 pm on 22 September to present the mobile refueling station and Air Products’ capabilities and solutions when it comes to hydrogen for mobility to the stakeholders concerned.

"Partnering with the regions of France as they move forward with the deployment of their hydrogen roadmap is an important priority for Air Products.  We have unrivalled hydrogen expertise, capabilities (in production, equipment, logistics and services) and technology to support the ambitions of a country where we have had a strong presence for over 100 years.  We are committed to investing in our renewable hydrogen production and distribution activities, which will support the development of a hydrogen economy in France and beyond," commented Amar.  "The tests conducted in Albi are another positive step in this direction. We are proud of this teamwork with the Occitanie region, the AREC, the Ad'Occ and the Albi automobile circuit for these information and demonstration days. We hope this initiative will inspire other projects similar to the Corridor H2 project across the country."

Sustainability is at the core of Air Products' business with industrial gases, technologies and applications that enable customers to reduce energy consumption, cut emissions and increase productivity. The Group has made significant investments to facilitate access to hydrogen infrastructure and supply as the world moves towards a more sustainable future. It was therefore logical that it should participate in the test days in Albi. Air Products is convinced that hydrogen fuel is one of the solutions to meet society's needs for sustainable transport with low or zero carbon emissions. It also emphasizes the interest of fuel cell technology for heavy-duty vehicles compared to battery powered vehicles. The choice of hydrogen allows faster refuelling times, greater vehicle range and the transport of heavier loads thanks to the lower weight of the fuel cell. Air Products will also accelerate the conversion of its own fleet of trucks to hydrogen. The test phase is due to start in 2022.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including: gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals; carbon capture projects; and world-scale carbon-free hydrogen projects supporting global transportation and the energy transition.

The Company had fiscal 2020 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of approximately $60 billion. More than 19,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world.

For more information, visit www.airproducts.fr  or follow us on LinkedIn .

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