Air Liquide leads $14 million hydrogen energy project at Canadian airports

    MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Liquide is leading a $14 million
hydrogen energy project to demonstrate an array of innovative hydrogen energy
and fuel cell technologies operating on the site of the Montréal - Pierre
Elliott Trudeau International Airport and another international airport to be
announced at a later date.
    The project was announced today at the Montreal airport. This project is
a collaboration between Air Liquide Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and
Québec's Agence de l'efficacité énergétique (AEE), with the involvement of 14
other companies.
    The project will involve an array of hydrogen-powered technologies and
the fuelling infrastructure that supplies them. In Montreal, these
technologies will help serve the airport's 12.8 million passengers each year
through transportation in shuttle buses, as well as passenger and utility
vehicles, and through hydrogen generated stationary and auxiliary power
applications. Air Liquide will provide the hydrogen and install a unique
station to fuel several vehicles at the same time at 350 and 700 bar pressures
and to refill portable hydrogen tanks.
    "We are very pleased, and very proud, to participate in this pilot world
leading project with Air Liquide, said James Cherry, president and CEO of
Aéroports de Montréal. "We are committed to offering all the support necessary
for the success of this project; we will provide a location for the fuelling
station and we will be among the most active users ourselves of
hydrogen-powered vehicles."
    "We are extremely proud to lead this major innovative project The
confidence entrusted in Air Liquide by both levels of government and by the
airport is a great testimony to Air Liquide's leadership and expertise in this
field," said Luc Doyon, president and CEO of Air Liquide Canada. "Air
Liquide's initiative and leadership in this project represents another step in
our strategy to actively develop Canada's hydrogen energy supply and
infrastructure. The two buses and nine other vehicles converted to hydrogen in
this project will not emit any pollutants or greenhouse gases. "

    Hydrogen vector of energy:

    Using hydrogen as an energy carrier is a promising alternative fuel
solution for motor vehicles. Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with
oxygen in the air to produce electricity to power the vehicle, with water as
the only emission.

    Air Liquide and hydrogen:

    To support car manufacturers in the development of their hydrogen-powered
vehicles, Air Liquide has developed fueling stations to fill fuel tanks with
pressurized hydrogen up to 700 bars. These stations complete the fill-up in
less than five minutes and as easily and safely as for a gasoline stop.

    Air Liquide has supplied over 40 hydrogen fuelling stations around the

    Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in over 75 countries with 43,000 employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen carbon dioxide 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 combines many products and technologies to develop valuable
applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.
Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry's energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy... Oxygen for hospitals,
homecare, fighting nosocomial infections...
    A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide's teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.
    Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life,
staying true to its sustainable development approach. In 2008, the Group's
revenues amounted to (euro)13.1 billion, of which almost 80% were earned
outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange
(compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50

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