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Air Products to build liquid hydrogen facility in California

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Air Products has announced plans to build a second liquid hydrogen production facility in California, US to meet increasing product demand from several customer markets, including the growing fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in the state.

Project development work is already underway with an anticipated facility onstream during 1Q21.

"Current customer demand for liquid hydrogen is driving the need for this new investment as we are experiencing growth from many traditional market segments, for which a reliable source of this product is vitally important. Additionally, this new capacity will be available for the steadily increasing demand from hydrogen fuel cell vehicles," said Marie Ffolkes, president, Americas at Air Products.

Liquified hydrogen is delivered in trailers to customers in industries including: electronics, chemical and petrochemical, metals, material handling, float glass, edible fats and oils, and utilities, as well as to hydrogen fuelling stations where it is re-gasified for fuelling hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles.

This is the second new liquid hydrogen plant in the US that Air Products has announced in the past few months. In September 2018, Air Products announced plans to build a new liquid hydrogen plant at its La Porte, Texas facility which will be supplied hydrogen from Air Products' extensive Gulf Coast pipeline network. The La Porte project is also anticipated to be onstream in 2021. Air Products has existing liquid hydrogen production assets operating in New Orleans, Louisiana and Sacramento, California in the US; Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

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