Air Products Plans to Build Hydrogen Refueling Station Network in California


Air Products intends to build a network of permanent, commercial-scale, multi-modal hydrogen refueling stations stretching from Northern California to Southern California.

Eric Guter, Air Products’ vice president, Hydrogen for Mobility, revealed this news during his keynote address at the California Hydrogen Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“Building a robust hydrogen economy infrastructure is critical to the success of the energy transition and meeting our climate change goals,” says Guter. “California is a leader in the energy transition and a first mover in making zero-emission, heavy-duty transportation in the U.S. a reality. As the world’s largest supplier of hydrogen, Air Products has committed to investing $15 billion by 2027 in clean energy megaprojects around the world. Working together, energy companies, vehicle manufacturers and governments can accelerate the energy transition and generate a cleaner future for all.”

The refueling stations will be equipped to serve heavy-duty vehicles, such as commercial and municipal trucks and buses, as well light-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

“Each state-of-the-art, high-capacity, high-reliability station will be able to fuel up to 200 heavy-duty trucks or 2,000 cars per day,” says Alison Hawkins, Air Products’ general manager, Hydrogen for Mobility, Americas. “These stations will be a key driver to help California on its road to a zero-emissions transportation future.”

An innovator in hydrogen for transportation, Air Products’ California pipeline network supplied hydrogen to the nation’s first pipeline-fed hydrogen fueling station in Torrance, Calif., in 2011. Currently, Air Products operates six hydrogen refueling stations in Southern California.

The new stations will deliver enhanced fueling technology capability, including significantly higher capacity, multiple fueling dispensers and service for both heavy- and light-duty vehicles.

“Infrastructure is the key to unlocking our nation’s hydrogen future, and we commend Air Products for committing to build a network of stations and supplying them with clean hydrogen in California as part of our hydrogen hub ecosystem,” says Dee Dee Myers, senior advisor to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, director of GO-Biz and founding ARCHES board member. “These stations are steps on the path to our end goal: eliminating the need for diesel in our transportation sector.”

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