Air Liquide and Al-Futtaim Motors inaugurate the first hydrogen station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Air Liquide and Al-Futtaim Motors jointly inaugurated the first hydrogen station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This station, designed and installed by Air Liquide, will support the deployment of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UAE. The latest Dubai installation comprises cutting-edge technologies which have been tailored to suit the specific climate conditions of the region. Air Liquide and Al-Futtaim Motors’ initiative is fully aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 aiming at lowering CO2 emissions, and promoting green mobility and clean air objectives in the Emirates.
Hydrogen is an alternative to fossil fuels in addressing the clean transportation challenge while improving air quality. Used within a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity and water as the only byproduct.
This first station in Dubai, like the nearly 100 stations designed and delivered by Air Liquide around the world, allow hydrogen-powered electric vehicles to recharge in less than five minutes with a driving range of around 500 kilometers, thereby providing a typical vehicle fueling experience.
Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage to distribution; and to the development of applications for end users thus contributing to spread out the use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide is a founding member of the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative aimed at positioning hydrogen among the key solutions for the energy transition.
Matthieu Giard, Air Liquide Hub Executive Vice-President, Africa, Middle East and India, explained the potential of hydrogen as a cleaner transport solution: “Air Liquide is promoting hydrogen as a key enabler for an effective transition to a low-carbon economy. This first hydrogen station installed in partnership with Al-Futtaim Motors in Dubai is a first step for a large-scale deployment of hydrogen energy in this region. We are proud to bring our expertise and technology to create a more sustainable society, allowing all parties to contribute in improving air quality in our cities”.
Also speaking about the event, Bertrand Thiébaut, Senior Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Motors and Vice President Automotive Group, Al-Futtaim: “The pilot which started with only three Toyota Mirai vehicles, will soon expand to involve a larger fleet that will be tested across the UAE by key government entities and private sector stakeholders. With the inauguration of the UAE’s first hydrogen refueling station in partnership with Air Liquide, we are one step closer to a low-carbon society, as we work towards a concrete contribution to a cleaner air, in line with the Government’s green agenda.”