Air Liquide Contributes to a Large Hydrogen Filling Station Network in Germany

  Air Liquide Contributes to a Large Hydrogen Filling Station Network in

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PARIS -- September 30, 2013

Regulatory News :

Air Liquide (Paris:AI), together with its partners of the “H2 Mobility”
initiative, has signed a term-sheet agreement to implement a major action plan
for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen filling station network in
Germany. By 2023, the current German network of 15hydrogen filling stations
will be expanded to about 400 hydrogen stations covering the whole country.
The overall investment by all partners will be around €350million.

This will ensure a need-related supply for the fuel cell electric vehicles
available to the market in the coming years. Afirst step will be the
deployment of 100 hydrogen stations in Germany over the next 4years.

Since 2010, Air Liquide has been a partner of the “H2 Mobility” initiative,
aimed at evaluating and contributing to the development of a hydrogen
infrastructure in Germany, to support the mass production of fuel cell
electric vehicles. In 2012, Air Liquide opened its first hydrogen station for
the general public in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Group is also a partner of comparable initiatives in Great Britain,
France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland as well as in Japan.

Air Liquide masters the entire supply chain of hydrogen, from production to
storage, distribution and use by the end consumer. In the last decade, the
Group has built more than 60 hydrogen stations in the world. Air Liquide
stations allow to fill vehicles with gaseous hydrogen in less than 5 minutes.
Alongside the automotive industry, Air Liquide supplies hydrogen for forklift
truck fleets for logistics warehouses in France, Canada and the US, as well as
for municipal bus fleets.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and a member of Air Liquide's
Executive Committee, commented: “This agreement represents a major step
forward in the construction of a hydrogen filling infrastructure in Germany
and beyond in Europe. Hydrogen contributes to the challenges of sustainable
mobility: reducing greenhouse gases and local pollution in our cities, and
thus ultimately to the preservation of the environment. This project also
highlights the commitment of the AirLiquide Group to develop and promote
innovative technologies for the deployment of the ‘hydrogen energy’
infrastructure worldwide.”

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
Air Liquide revenue from hydrogen for refineries and petrochemicals markets in
2012: €1.9billion

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 takes a commitment to produce at least 50% of
the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by
2020, by combining:

• renewable energy sources, water electrolysis and biogas reforming,

• 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 50,000employees. 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 for the god of society while delivering
profitable 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… 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 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 Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to €15.3 billion of which 82%
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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