Air Liquide Joins H2USA

  Air Liquide Joins H2USA

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HOUSTON -- August 8, 2013

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) announced today that it has
joined H[2]USA, a public-private partnership launched by the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE) focusing on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support the
development of new transportation options for U.S. consumers.

Air Liquide is a leading global supplier of hydrogen for a range of
applications and industries. Air Liquide owns and operates 200 hydrogen
production sites and approximately 1,242 miles of hydrogen pipeline, the
world’s largest hydrogen distribution network. As a member of H[2]USA, Air
Liquide will contribute its knowledge and expertise in the field of hydrogen
energy, including hydrogen production, distribution and storage technologies
and hydrogen refueling infrastructure development.

Mark Lostak, president of Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP., commented: “Air
Liquide is already playing a leadership role in public-private research and
innovation initiatives geared to advance the commercial deployment of hydrogen
and fuel cells for clean transport applications, and we are proud to build on
these activities as a member of H[2]USA. Air Liquide and H[2]USA share a
commitment to developing innovative, affordable and environmentally
sustainable solutions to enable the widespread adoption of hydrogen energy in
the United States.”

Hydrogen energy is a key growth market for Air Liquide, and a key focus area
for its sustainable development and innovation programs.

In North America, Air Liquide has significantly expanded its hydrogen energy
offer in recent years alongside rising demand for alternative energies. Air
Liquide supplies a growing number of customers in the materials handling
industry with bulk hydrogen and fueling infrastructure to support fleets of
forklifts and pallet jacks powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and supports a
number of hydrogen fuel cell buses in North America. Since 2010, Air Liquide
has operated the largest fleet of hydrogen-powered buses in the world in
Whistler, Canada.

In June 2013, Air Liquide was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the California
Energy Commission (CEC) to build a hydrogen fueling station in Anaheim, Calif.
The award was granted by the CEC through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel
and Vehicle Technology Program as part of the state’s initiative to expand the
fueling infrastructure for consumer hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The station
in Anaheim, slated to open to the public in the fourth quarter of 2014, will
be Air Liquide’s first owned and operated hydrogen fueling station for
consumer vehicles in the U.S.

Air Liquide and Hydrogen Energy

Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen energy chain. Air Liquide is a key
player of the new hydrogen-energy economy with:

  *More than 40 years of unique know-how on the entire industrial hydrogen
    value chain, from production and distribution to retail.
  *20 years of R&D efforts in hydrogen energy applications.
  *More than 10 years of experience in development and sales of PEM fuel
    cells, the key interface between the gas molecule and the electrical kW.

Hydrogen, a clean energy carrier

A fuel cell produces electricity from hydrogen at the point of use, with no
greenhouse gas or particle emissions, and no noise. Hydrogen can be produced
from a various range of energy sources.

With its Blue Hydrogen initiative, Air Liquide is moving towards a gradual
decarbonization of its hydrogen production dedicated to energy applications.
By 2020, Air Liquide is committed to producing at least 50% of the hydrogen
necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by combining:

  *renewable energy sources, water electrolysis and biogas reforming; and,
  *carbon capture technologies during the hydrogen production processes based
    on natural gas.

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ more than 5,000 employees in over 200
locations, and offer industrial gases, equipment and related services to
customers in the large industries, industrial merchant, electronics and
healthcare markets.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with close to 50,000employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’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 for the good of society while
delivering profitable growth and 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… Air Liquide 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 Air Liquide’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 Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to €15.3billion of which
82% were generated outside France. Air Liquide 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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Contact:

Air Liquide
U.S. Corporate Communications
Heather Browne, 713-624-8594