Air Products has signed agreements with Beijing Sinoscience Fullcryo Technology (Fullcryo) to accelerate the hydrogen infrastructure development in China.

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The agreements also call for the development of what it claims to be China’s first, commercial-scale liquid hydrogen-based fueling station.

As part of this project, the firms will cooperate from demonstration to commercialization, including construction, operation, maintenance, and gas supply for liquid hydrogen-based fueling stations in China.

Under the equipment supply deal, Air Products will be responsible for providing two integrated Smartfuel technology fueling stations for Fullcryo’s first-of-its-kind station located in Guangdong Province, South China.

The fueling station, which will comply with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2601 fueling protocol, will feature key components, including a liquid hydrogen storage tank, high-efficiency booster pump, high-pressure gasifier and gaseous storage tank, dispenser, and control system.

With fueling capacity of 500 kg/day of hydrogen, the station can be expanded to reach capacity of 1,500 kg/ day for both 35Mpa and 70Mpa fueling.

Air Products China president Saw Choon Seong said: “Air Products is committed to supporting the Chinese government to implement its hydrogen energy roadmap outlined in the 13th Five-Year Plan. We provide total solutions from hydrogen production, storage and delivery to fueling technology systems and related infrastructure.

“By combining these offerings with our global experiences, local leading supply capabilities and proven safety performance, we strive to drive continuous breakthroughs and commercialization of the environmentally-friendly fuel for a greener planet.”

According to Air Products, the liquid hydrogen-based fueling stations featuring advanced gas storage and fueling technology will provide higher throughput, reduce energy consumption, and require relatively smaller footprint.

Air Products, in a statement, said: “It represents an important approach for large-scale hydrogen energy applications and a mainstream trend in the development of future transportation.”

Earlier this year, the firm signed an agreement with the state-owned Shenhua New Energy to provide two hydrogen dispensers.

The dispensers will be used for China Energy Investment’s first hydrogen fueling station which is under construction in Rugao City of Jiangsu Province, East China.