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Air Liquide backs World Expo with hydrogen

AIR Liquide has just signed an agreement with ENN Group to provide delivery service and backup hydrogen supply for the hydrogen refilling stations serving the World Expo Shanghai.

Under the agreement, Air Liquide will provide all the logistics, including trailers and tractors, for the transport of hydrogen. In addition, Air Liquide's hydrogen sources will be used as backup to ensure a safe and reliable supply of hydrogen during the Expo.

During the event, around 200 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be used on the Expo site to transport visitors. Accordingly, two hydrogen refilling stations will be put into service by ENN, with the new one on Jiyang Road, Pudong New Area, being the main hydrogen refilling station. The original station in Anting, Jiading District, will be used for backup.

Air Liquide has over 40 years' experience in hydrogen, covering its entire chain from production, storage, distribution to application. While continuing to channel its efforts into hydrogen research and development, Air Liquide is also participating in large international demonstration projects. These include Horizon Hydrogen Energy Program (H2E) of the European Union, the Driveway Project in the US and Brazil's Challenge Bibendum dedicated to clean mobility.

In the past few years, it has supplied more than 40 hydrogen fueling stations around the world. In Canada, Air Liquide signed a contract for 20 hydrogen-powered buses that were used for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games.

In addition to supplying certified hydrogen fuel, Air Liquide designed, built, operates and maintains the filling station that keeps BC's new fleet of green buses on the move. It is world's largest hydrogen filling station.

ENN is a comprehensive group delivering clean energy solutions to millions of customers. Founded in 1989, ENN Group has grown into a multi-national corporation with more than 100 subsidiaries in more than 80 cities in China, the US, Europe and elsewhere.

"We are very pleased to establish this hydrogen supply arrangement with Air Liquide," said Ge Hua, general manager of XinAo Gas Holdings Ltd. "With its rich experience in hydrogen, Air Liquide will surely make strong contribution to the World Expo Shanghai hydrogen vehicle demonstration project."

"We're very proud to be selected by ENN Group to provide logistics service and a backup hydrogen source during the World Expo Shanghai," said Remi Charachon, president and CEO of Air Liquide China.

"Hydrogen is indeed a promising alternative solution, both in environmental and economic aspects. Air Liquide boasts world-class capabilities in hydrogen in the Shanghai area that will enable the delivery of high-value solutions and contribution to a low-carbon Expo."

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in over 75?countries and regions with 42,300?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.

Air Liquide provides many innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry's energy use, recover and reuse natural resources and develop the energies of tomorrow, such as hydrogen, biofuels and photovoltaic energy ... oxygen for hospitals, home care, fighting nosocomial infections and so on.


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