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Air Products licenses hydrogen fuelling

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Air Products, a leader in hydrogen fuelling and infrastructure worldwide, has announced that it has signed an agreement to provide a technology license allowing Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US LLC, to practice the patented Air Products technology incorporated in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2601 hydrogen fuelling protocol. Air Products makes such hydrogen fuelling technology licenses available for use around the world under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

"We are very proud of our accomplishments in the hydrogen fuelling and infrastructure marketplace and believe this license is recognition of our capabilities. We will accommodate additional licenses for our technology as the hydrogen fuelling network in the US and around the world continues to expand," said Ed Kiczek, Global Business Director – Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products. Consistent with its commitment to the SAE, Air Products will provide licenses to anyone seeking to use the patented technology as part of a fuelling station project employing the J2601 protocol.

Air Products uses its patented hydrogen fuelling technology in conjunction with the J2601 protocol at its own SmartFuel® stations, and also those built for other customers. SmartFuel stations worldwide provide hydrogen fuelling at 700 bar (10 000 psi). Air Products has available several SmartFuel stations incorporating modular and expandable technology and a global patent portfolio, with additional patents pending, related to the advancements to be deployed under this protocol. Additionally, this novel patented supply system can cost effectively be deployed anywhere in the US to rapidly jump start new markets needing hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.

Use of the company's fuelling technology is increasing and is already used in conducting approximately 1 million hydrogen fills annually. The company has been involved in over 200 hydrogen fuelling projects in the US and 20 countries worldwide. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment, and even submarines have been fuelled with Air Products' technologies.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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