Air Products drives UK hydrogen market growth with £6.5m investment

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As a member of the Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Air Products has established a reputation for reliability and safe operation. AIR PRODUCTS

Hydrogen supplier Air Products is set to bolster its presence in the UK hydrogen market and show its support for the UK Government’s hydrogen ambitions with a £6.5 million investment in a trailer and cylinder filling station at its Llanwern hydrogen facility in South Wales. The filling station, which is expected to be on stream in spring 2023, will make an additional 1.5 tonnes of fuel-cell-grade hydrogen available daily to serve the transport and energy transition market, with capacity to serve a fleet of 100 buses or 50 trucks.

Air Products provides end-to-end hydrogen solutions, from production to supply, distribution and dispensing. The firm says its investment in Llanwern will bring further confidence to end-users of green hydrogen, supporting national and global net-zero targets.

The company’s UK Hydrogen for Mobility Director Manish Patel explained: “At Air Products, we are working with commercial partners and governments in the UK and around the world to drive the energy transition. Air Products has made an industry-leading commitment of at least $15 billion to clean energy transition megaprojects to ensure when governments or industries want to make the switch to clean hydrogen, they will know they have a reliable and secure supply.

“With many countries looking to secure more diverse energy sources, hydrogen presents an opportunity to provide fuels that are lower-carbon and more secure. The production assets and infrastructure required also offer a major source of economic growth. Air Products already has multi-million pound hydrogen projects under construction in the UK, and are actively seeking future investment opportunities. We recently announced plans to bring the first large-scale, green hydrogen production facility to the Port of Immingham, together with Associated British Ports, as well as plans for the UK’s largest blue hydrogen facility. We look forward to continuing constructive dialogue with the Government on how the benefits arising from these investments may be brought forward quickly.”

Talking specifically about the Welsh market, he added: “With a hydrogen pathway for Wales under development, it’s an exciting time to be investing in South Wales and we hope that our investment will give real impetus and momentum to the wider green economy in the region.”