May 19, 2011 -
Original Press release
Air Liquide America Corp.
18222 E. Petroleum Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
Air Liquide, Technological Partner of the 2011 Challenge Bibendum in Berlin
Air Liquide is the technological partner of the 11th Challenge Bibendum. On this
occasion, the Group announces that it has finalized the set-up of the hydrogen station
that will allow around 30 hydrogen-powered vehicles participating to the Challenge to
This station is a high-tech hydrogen filling station (350 and 700 bar). The vehicles will fuel up both for the purpose of carrying out various tests and assessments from the Tempelhof test center, near Berlin, Germany, and for demonstrations. This participation in the challenge offers the fuel cell vehicles equipped with the latest technologies a chance to demonstrate their performance on the road under real driving conditions.
Based on patented Air Liquide technologies, this hydrogen filling station will enable
vehicles to fuel up in less than 5 minutes, for a driving range that can reach up 500
kilometers for some vehicles.
The Challenge Bibendum, which will be held in Berlin, from May 18 to May 22, 2011 is
organized by Michelin and gathers over four days five thousand representatives from
business and industry, the scientific community, international and national institutions and NGOs to explore the challenges and solutions for sustainable road mobility. This international event, which brings together around 300 vehicles, is an opportunity to showcase innovation in trucks, buses, cars, clean urban vehicles and, in particular, vehicles powered by hydrogen.
Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, will participate in the "Leaders
Forum" on May 20, bringing together politicians and economic representatives around
the three themes of the Challenge: "clean, safe & connected".
As the world leader in its industry, Air Liquide intends to facilitate access to clean and renewable energy to as wide a public as possible. Air Liquide is contributing to a very large number of projects and events aimed at advancing research and innovation, as
well as promoting social acceptance of the new energy carrier hydrogen energy.
Over the last four years, Air Liquide has designed, built and commissioned a growing
number of hydrogen filling stations. Around 50 Air Liquide stations have been
installed throughout the world to date. In 2010, Air Liquide provided more than 40,000
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Air Liquide Germany
Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in 80 countries with 43,600 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide's activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to
achieve dynamic growth and a consistent performance.
Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry's energy use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow, such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy...Oxygen for hospitals, homecare, fighting nosocomial infections... Air Liquide combines many products and technologies to
develop valuable applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.
A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide's teams, businesses, markets and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and build its future.
Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true to its sustainable development approach. In 2010, the Group's revenues amounted to Euros13.5 billion, of which more than 80% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is amember of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.