A first Air Liquide hydrogen filling station in the Netherlands

  A first Air Liquide hydrogen filling station in the Netherlands

The European Union is supporting a hydrogen mobility deployment program

Business Wire

PARIS -- December 11, 2012

Regulatory News:

AirLiquide (Paris:AI) announces that it is investing in, installing and
commissioning a new public hydrogen filling station in Rotterdam, Netherlands,
for fuel cell electric vehicles, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of
Transport and the Environment.

This project has the financial backing of the European Union as part of the
Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) program. These TEN-T community funds
constitute an important source of European Union funding for transport
infrastructures. This is the first time that European TEN-T funding has been
allocated to the development of hydrogen electric mobility.

This station will be the first Air Liquide hydrogen filling station located in
the Netherlands. With the capacity to provide fifty fills per day, this
dual-pressure station, which will operate at 350 and 700 bar, will supply
hydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles. One fill will provide these vehicles
with an autonomy of 500-600 km.

This station will open to the public in late 2013 as part of a European
hydrogen infrastructure deployment project run by Air Liquide and six other
European partners*. The project also includes studies on the opening of
filling stations in four European countries: France, Denmark, Sweden and the
Netherlands.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and a member of Air Liquide's
Executive Committee, commented: "Air Liquide is proud to be playing an active
role in this new project supported by the European Union. This development
demonstrates the Group's commitment to contributing to the deployment of the
‘hydrogen energy’ infrastructure worldwide. Hydrogen is one of the innovative
solutions that offer a response in the short term to the challenges of
sustainable mobility: reducing greenhouse gases, local pollution in our cities
and dependency on oil-based fuels thus contributing to the preservation of the
environment.

Following on from recent initiatives supported by the British and German
governments, the 'hydrogen energy' drive continues to move forward in Europe.”

Hydrogen, a clean energy carrier

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, natural gas
in particular, but also from renewable energy sources. Hydrogen thus has great
potential to provide clean energy and ensure reliability of supplies.

Air Liquide is present across the entire hydrogen energy chain (production,
distribution, high-pressure storage, fuel cells and hydrogen filling
stations).

*HIT, Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport

This project is run by the Dutch Ministry for Transport and the Environment,
AirLiquide, the Association Française de l’Hydrogène et des Piles à
Combustibles ('French Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association', AFHYPAC), the
Copenhagen Hydrogen Network (CHN), the Association des Régions Européennes
pour l’Hydrogène, les Piles à Combustibles et l’Electro-mobilité ('Association
of Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electromobility for European Regions', HyER),
Hydrogen Link Denmark and Hydrogen Sweden.

Blue Hydrogen

With Blue Hydrogen, Air Liquide is moving towards a gradual decarbonization of
its hydrogen production dedicated to energy applications.

In practical terms, Air Liquide is making a commitment to produce at least 50%
of the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes
by 2020 by combining:

• the use of renewable energy sources, water electrolysis and biogas
reforming,

• the use of carbon capture and storage technologies during the hydrogen
production process based on natural gas.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with 46,200employees. Oxygen,
nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of AirLiquide’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.

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, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… AirLiquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.

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 AirLiquide’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 2011, the Group’s revenues
amounted to €14.5billion, of which more than 80% were generated outside
France. AirLiquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange
(compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50
indexes.

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