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January 27, 2019,   11:16 AM

Saudi Arabia To Build Its First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Fueling Station

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Oil giant, Saudi Aramco, has signed a deal with US-based firm Air Products to jointly build the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fueling station in Saudi Arabia.

The partnership will combine Air Products’ technological know-how and Aramco’s industrial experience and R&D capabilities. Both companies will establish a pilot fleet of fuel-cell vehicles for which high-purity compressed hydrogen will be dispensed at the new fueling station.

The station is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2019, the statement said.

The companies added that the data collected during the pilot phase of the project would provide insights on how this technology can be further applied within the Kingdom.

“Hydrogen fuel cells offer an effective means for the electrification of transport while maintaining easy, five-minute refueling and long driving ranges,” said Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer at Saudi Aramco.

“The use of hydrogen derived from oil or gas to power fuel-cell electric vehicles represents an exciting opportunity to expand the use of oil in clean transport.”

The hydrogen refueling station will be located within the grounds of Air Products’ Technology Center in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park.

Toyota Motor Corporation will supply Toyota Miraj Fuel Cell Vehicles - the company’s first mass produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle - for testing during the pilot phase.

The Mirai is a zero-emission vehicle that runs on compressed hydrogen gas and only emits water. The car is powered through a fuel cell, which creates electricity by combining oxygen from air with hydrogen from the fuel tank.

Aramco latest deal comes after the company signed a $8 billion JV with Air Products and ACWA Power in August last year.

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