HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - October 08, 2016) - Today, Air Liquide joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies that provide reliable and resilient power, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase America's energy security.
October 8 = 10.08 = 1.008 = Atomic Weight of Hydrogen
In celebrating this day, Air Liquide launches the Let's Clear the Air™ platform and the hydrogen station finder app.
Let's Clear the Air™ platform is designed to educate and inform the public on the benefits of hydrogen as an alternative energy option, outline the differences between sustainable options for mobility in the automotive space, and encourage others to interact with and contribute to this platform and engage their community to learn about the current initiatives going on in their state.
The "hydrogen station finder app" enables users to find the nearest hydrogen station, view station status, rate and review the stations and connect with an online community designed to provide accurate and up-to-date data on the infrastructure as provided by the CaFCP. The app is free and available on the Android and iOS platform.
Ole Hoefelmann, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC and Vice President of Air Liquide advanced Business & Technologies (aB&T) Americas, commented: "Cultivating an enriched community of hydrogen believers, Let's Clear the Air™ is a platform fully dedicated to encouraging the creation and use of a hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure to help power sustainable mobility and transportation. By promoting the benefits of hydrogen and other efficient energy sources, we can support sustainable mobility and improve the health, environment, and economy for generations to come."
Visit the Let's Clear the Air™ website: www.letscleartheair.com
Download the "Hydrogen Station Finder" app:
Apple Store: https://appsto.re/us/LULYeb.i
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airliquide.lcta
For more information on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, please visit www.hydrogenfuelcellday.org.
Hydrogen, the energy solution
The world of energy is in the midst of deep change and hydrogen is one of the solutions offering a response to the challenges of clean transportation: Reducing greenhouse gases, pollution in our cities and dependency on oil-based fuels.
Used in the fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity, with water as the only by-product. Hydrogen can be produced from a various range of energy sources, in particular from renewable energy sources. Hydrogen has great potential to provide clean energy and provides an alternative to fossil fuels.
Hydrogen energy is a fast-growing field of which Air Liquide masters the entire industrial chain, from production and storage to distribution and uses for the end user.
Blue Hydrogen - Air Liquide's commitment
With Blue Hydrogen, Air Liquide is firmly moving towards a gradual decarbonization of its hydrogen production dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary to these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020, by combining: biogas reforming, the use of renewable energies during water electrolysis, and the use of technologies for the capture and upgrading of carbon emitted during the process of producing hydrogen from natural gas.
Even when it is produced from natural gas, hydrogen is a virtuous energy: for equal distance traveled, hydrogen cars allow for reduction in GHG emissions by 20% compared with an internal combustion vehicle.
Air Liquide in the U.S.
Air Liquide employs more than 20,000 people in the U.S. in over 1,300 locations. The company offers industrial and medical gases, technologies and related services to customers in energy, industrial, electronics and healthcare markets. www.airliquide.com/USA
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 68,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients*. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide's scientific territory and have been at the core of the company's activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide's ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long-term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company's customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide's revenues amounted to EUR16.4 billion in 2015, and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. On 23 May 2016, Air Liquide completed its acquisition of Airgas, which had revenues amounting to $5.3 billion (around EUR4.8 billion) for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2016.
Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.
* Following the acquisition of Airgas on 23 May 2016