Air Liquide Canada Inc.

Air Liquide Canada Inc.

October 14, 2007 11:45 ET

Air Liquide Canada Unveils Initial Hydrogen Fueling Station

"Hydrogen on the Hill" Accelerates into High Gear in Ottawa

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2007) - Air Liquide Canada, a leading global provider of industrial, medical and specialty gases as well as hydrogen technologies, today helped to inaugurate the first permanent hydrogen fueling station in Ottawa as part of the ongoing "Hydrogen on the Hill" project.

The Honourable Gary Lunn, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, officiated at the station's launch in the nation's capital where the pilot project, led by a consortium of partners in the public and private sectors, first kicked off in December of 2006. Three hydrogen-powered buses operating as part of the Senate of Canada's shuttle fleet have trekked over 6,000 kilometres in daily service on Parliament Hill since that time under real-life conditions.

The second phase of this demonstration project announced today calls for Air Liquide Canada to provide a long-term H2 refueling station for the fuel-cell bus fleet along with the much-needed hydrogen fuel supply. The station showcases the company's commitment to develop clean technologies that that promise to power the economy and protect the environment.

Luc Doyon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Liquide Canada said, "As we work towards the transition to a renewable hydrogen economy, we are delighted to see the next step in this project become a reality. This partnership between industry and government to educate the public about hydrogen is a shining example of our joint commitment to sustainable development."

Hydrogen on the Hill aims to heighten public awareness about the role of hydrogen energy technologies as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels and how companies across Canada are creating innovative products for the emerging hydrogen infrastructure. In addition to Air Liquide Canada, the project consists of Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada's Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance, Advanced Technologies and Fuels Canada (AFTCAN), Ford of Canada and a host of other non-government and industry partners.

Pierre Gauthier, Air Liquide Canada's Director of Hydrogen Energy, North America, added, "We have invested seriously in hydrogen research and technology and see today's fuelling station opening in Ottawa as an integral part of our energy and environmental strategy to develop a secure delivery and storage infrastructure capability. We are proud to be taking the first steps in helping build Canada's future hydrogen highway."

With over 50 years of expertise in the hydrogen business, Air Liquide is actively developing the entire hydrogen energy supply chain, from producing hydrogen to making fuel cells to developing solutions to distribute hydrogen to end-users. Air Liquide's existing hydrogen infrastructure includes the world's longest pipeline network and the installation of hydrogen vehicle refueling stations in Japan, Europe, and now in Canada.

About Air Liquide

Air Liquide Canada, a member of the Air Liquide Group, was established in 1911, and has more than 2,000 employees from coast to coast. Visible and active in 72 countries, the Air Liquide Group is a world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services. The Air Liquide Group offers innovative solutions based on constantly evolving technologies. These solutions help our customers to manufacture countless indispensable, everyday products. Founded in 1902, Air Liquide has more than 36,000 employees worldwide.

Contact Information

  • Massy-Forget Public Relations
    Emily Bradshaw 514-842-2455, ext. 26 or 514-926-7154
    Air Liquide Canada, Montreal
    Monica Bhattacharya 514-846-7735
    Groupe Air Liquide, Paris
    Dominique Maire + 33 (0)1 40 62 53 56
    Corinne Estrade-Bordry + 33 (0)1 40 62 51 31