First of 12 Outlets in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York
Air Liquide is planning a network of a dozen hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S. Northeast and has disclosed locations for four: Hartford, Conn., the Bronx, N.Y., and
Braintree and Mansfield, Mass. Air Liquide is collaborating with Toyota, which now offers the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
Air Liquide says that the stations are slated to open early next year. They will be designed and built by Air Liquide, and will be capable of fueling a hydrogen FCEV/fuel cell electric vehicle in approximately 5 minutes for “a typical vehicle fueling experience.” Hydrogen will be produced off-site.
‘Air Liquide Firmly Believes’
“This initiative is the latest in the company’s current portfolio of hydrogen fuel cell energy activities in the U.S. and across North America, which also include public and private hydrogen stations in California and a number of fleet fueling projects for public buses and warehouse vehicles,” states a release.
“Air Liquide firmly believes in the potential of hydrogen as a clean and reliable source of energy for the transportation sector, both in the United States and worldwide,” Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. CEO Ole Hoefelmann says in the northeast infrastructure announcement.
More than 75 Hydrogen Fueling Stations Worldwide
“We are deeply committed to enabling the widespread deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technology and the required infrastructure,” he said.
Air Liquide says that to date, it’s designed and installed more than 75 hydrogen fueling stations worldwide.
The ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Initiative
The firm is also promoting an initiative called “Blue Hydrogen,” by which it “is firmly moving towards a gradual decarbonization of its hydrogen production dedicated to energy applications.
“In practical terms,” the company says, “Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary to these applications through carbonfree processes by 2020, by combining
- biogas reforming,
- the use of renewable energies during water electrolysis, and
- technologies for the capture and upgrading of carbon emitted during the process of producing hydrogen from natural gas.
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Source: Air Liquide with Fleets & Fuels follow-up