Air Liquide to build Netherlands hydrogen fuel station
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Air Liquide breaks ground in Netherlands
Air Liquide, a leading producer of hydrogen fuel, has been investing heavily in the development of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure throughout the world. The company has poured money into infrastructure initiatives in several countries, hoping to prepare these markets for the release of hydrogen-powered vehicles. There are still untapped markets which Air Liquide has yet to find a foothold, but that number is rapidly declining. The company has announced that it has begun investing in the hydrogen fuel infrastructure of the Netherlands.
Netherlands to see boost in hydrogen fuel infrastructure
Air Liquide has teamed with the Dutch Ministry of Transport and the Environment in order to develop a new hydrogen fuel station in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This will be the first station that Air Liquide has built within the country. The project itself has received strong financial backing from the European Union through the Trans-European Transport Networks program, which aims to promote clean transportation throughout Europe. This is the first time the program has backed hydrogen fuel specifically.
New fuel station expected to be operational in 2013
According to Air Liquide, the new hydrogen fuel station will be able to fully service up to 50 vehicles every day and will offer 350 and 700 bar pressures. The station will service hydrogen-powered vehicles exclusively, which are expected to begin seeing commercialization as soon as 2014. There are already a small number of hydrogen-powered vehicles being operated in the Netherlands, but these vehicles are primarily used by government officials or by companies with large automotive fleets. The station is expected to be open to the public in late 2013.
Success of hydrogen transportation hinges on infrastructure
The auto industry has shown major support for hydrogen transportation, but for this form of clean transport to be successful, an expansive hydrogen fuel infrastructure must take form. The world’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure is currently limited, with the most comprehensive networks being seen in Europe and the West Coast of the U.S.