LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Sept. 26, 2016 - Air Products (NYSE: APD) has a proven global record of providing reliable hydrogen fueling systems for the mass transit industry. As a result, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) turned to Air Products for its new hydrogen fueling station and liquid hydrogen supply, which was showcased today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
"We appreciate the opportunity to work with SARTA on this state-of-the-art bus fueling station, which demonstrates the latest technology to safely and rapidly fuel buses," said Dave Farese, engineering manager for Air Products' Hydrogen Energy Systems, who represented Air Products' leadership technology interests at the ribbon cutting.
Air Products has installed a hydrogen fueling station dispensing unit and a 9,000 gallon hydrogen tank, along with its hydrogen compression and storage technologies. The company will deliver liquid hydrogen to the site from its hydrogen production facility in Sarnia, Ontario (Canada). The 350-bar hydrogen fueling station will have the capacity for future expansion. SARTA will begin fueling buses next month and plans to grow its fleet to 10 buses over the next two years.
"We want to be at the forefront of commercializing this technology because transit systems, businesses and private citizens will begin to utilize fuel cell-powered vehicles featuring components and technology developed and manufactured in Stark County," said Kirt Conrad, executive director at SARTA. "Hydrogen is a practical, safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fuels, and we believe our innovative program will make Stark County and Ohio the focal point of what will undoubtedly be a growing and dynamic industry."
"We commend SARTA for its environmental consciousness and ongoing efforts to bring zero-emission transportation to Canton and the state of Ohio," said Brian O'Neil, business development manager, Hydrogen Energy Systems, at Air Products. "Air Products is excited to continue its successful involvement and leadership position in hydrogen fueling for mass transit, which is helping to reduce the impact of public transportation on the environment."
Air Products fueled its first hydrogen fuel cell bus in 1997 and has since fueled buses in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The company has been involved in a number of mass transit projects around the world and currently has hydrogen fueling stations fueling transit buses for the Flint Mass Transit Authority in Michigan and University of California, Irvine in the U.S.; Stadtwerke in Cologne, Germany and Transport for London in Europe; and the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Faradabad in Asia. Air Products is also involved in an engineering study funded by the European Union, NEWBUSFUEL, for large capacity stationary hydrogen fueling stations for 350-bar bus fueling in Hamburg and London.
Air Products, the leading global supplier of hydrogen to refineries to assist in producing cleaner burning transportation fuels, has vast experience in the hydrogen fueling industry. In fact, several sites today for certain hydrogen fueling applications are fueling at rates of over 75,000 refills per year. Use of the company's fueling technology is increasing and is over 1,000,000 hydrogen fills per year. The company has been involved in over 200 hydrogen fueling projects in the United States and 20 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fueled with trend-setting Air Products' technologies.
Air Products has more than 50 years of hydrogen experience and an extensive patent portfolio with over 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology. Air Products provides liquid and gaseous hydrogen and a variety of enabling devices and protocols for fuel dispensing at varied pressures. Hydrogen for these stations can be delivered to a site via truck or pipeline, produced by natural gas reformation, biomass conversion, or by electrolysis, including electrolysis that is solar and wind driven.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company celebrating 75 years of operation. The company's core Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world's leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The company's Materials Technologies business serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries.
The company had fiscal 2015 sales of $9.9 billion and has a current market capitalization of more than $30 billion. Approximately 19,000 employees in 50 countries strive to make Air Products the world's safest and best performing Industrial Gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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