Air Products has commissioned its first hydrogen station for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China’s Hebei Province, one of the host cities.
Opening the station on Thursday (July 8), the industrial gas giant said the station represents the first of its kind hydrogen fuelling facility to serve the international event.
With a filling capacity of 200kg per day, and a pressure of 70MPa, the station can fuel the latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle models with its state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
The new development, however, is not Air Products only contribution to the Games. The company has said it will also build additional fuelling stations and hydrogen supply for the Winter Olympics.
Commenting on the company’s role here, Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO, said, “Air Products is honoured to contribute to a green Beijing Winter Olympics, an excellent platform to demonstrate the role hydrogen can play in the energy transition to build a cleaner energy future.
“As one of our undertakings to support this major event, this flagship hydrogen fuelling station aligns with our higher purpose which includes playing a lead role in addressing significant energy and environmental challenges.”
In line with the “Green Olympics” initiative, Zhangjiakou, China’s first-ever National Renewable Energy Demonstration Zone, hopes to become a world-class demonstration city for hydrogen energy applications.
On this, Saw Choon Seong, China President at Air Products, said, “We are very proud to help China make the 2022 Winter Olympics environmentally sustainable and leave a green legacy with our technologies, solutions and projects.
“It is our ongoing commitment to contribute to the country’s sustainable development in the 14th five-year plan period and beyond. By driving hydrogen energy to promote zero-emission transportation together with our customers and partners, we will play our role to support the government’s ’30·60′ decarbonisation goal.”
Air Products: Enabling a cleaner future through hydrogen
The hydrogen economy is quickly evolving and Pennsylvania-headquartered Air Products is at the forefront of major initiatives serving a broad range of industries. As a gas, hydrogen is valued for its reactive and reducing properties. Many industries such as electronics, foods, glass, chemicals, space launch, metals and oil refining can benefit from its unique properties to improve product quality, optimise performance and reduce costs.
With more than 80 plants and over 700 miles of pipeline, Air Products is the world’s largest producer of outsourced hydrogen to oil refineries, which use hydrogen to get the most out of every barrel of oil to make cleaner burning transportation fuels. Air Products is also using its hydrogen experience to advance hydrogen fuel cell technology, and has numerous other green hydrogen R&D efforts underway, including decarbonisation for metals manufacturing.
Given this extensive experience and the footprint it has in essentially both sides of the hydrogen market, Air Products shares here with H2 View its insight into recent large-scale hydrogen projects – as well as how hydrogen is becoming a major part of its sustainability initiatives.
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