Linde refuels fuel-cell cars at HANNOVER MESSE trade show with TÜV-certified green hydrogen

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Munich, 23 April 2012 - The technology group The Linde Group has reached another
milestone in its journey to produce hydrogen from sustainable sources. The
hydrogen generated from biodiesel by-products at the company's pilot plant in
Leuna, Germany, was certified by TÜV SÜD, one of the world's leading test,
inspection and certification organisations, in time for the HANNOVER MESSE 2012
trade show. Opening today, HANNOVER MESSE is the world's most important
technology event. At this year's show, Linde will be the sole supplier of
hydrogen for the fuel-cell vehicles organised by the Clean Energy Partnership

The pilot facility has shown that the pyroreforming process developed by Linde
on the basis of raw glycerine has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by over 50 percent compared with conventional hydrogen production
processes using natural gas. Advancing the pilot facility to a commercial-scale,
fully mature production plant would increase potential greenhouse gas savings to
up to 80 percent.

"For the first time, we now have a certified source of green hydrogen to power
zero-emissions fuel-cell cars throughout Germany," says Dr Andreas Opfermann,
Head of Clean Energy and Innovation Manage­ment at Linde. "Working with our
research partners, we will be exploring other feedstocks and technol­ogies to
produce sustainable hydrogen on an even broader scale in future."

At Hanover, Linde will be using its "traiLH2gas" mobile station to refuel fuel-
cell cars provided by other CEP members GM/Opel, Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota
with green hydrogen. The mobile refuelling unit will be located in the outdoor
area to the east of Hall 27. Visitors to the show can take a zero-emissions test
drive and find out exactly how this innovative refuelling solution works.
Looking beyond HANNOVER MESSE, Linde will also supply certified green hydrogen
to existing hydrogen refuelling stations in Berlin and Hamburg plus the 20
additional stations which Linde and Daimler plan to construct in Germany over
the next three years.

The high hydrogen content of raw glycerine makes it an ideal feedstock.
Recovered as a by-product from a biodiesel manufacturing process, it can be
processed cost-effectively, is available all year round and does not compromise
food supplies.

Once the raw glycerine has been distilled to remove water and salt, it is
cracked under high pressure and at temperatures of several hundred degrees
Celsius. The resulting methane-rich pyrolysis gas is then converted to hydrogen
in a reformer, after which it is purified and liquefied if necessary.

For this early stage of the project, Linde engineers have successfully
integrated the innovative pyro­reforming step into the existing process chain.
The full economic and ecological potential of this technology is to be explored
in detail during the next step of this project, sponsored by the German National
Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

As the world's largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants, Linde covers the entire
technology spectrum required to successfully use hydrogen as an energy carrier -
from generation to refuelling. The company is also actively involved in the CEP
and the H(2)Mobility initiative aimed at building a nationwide hydrogen
infrastructure in Germany.

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
50,500 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial
year, it achieved sales of EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy of The Linde Group is
geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its
international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts
responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and
the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations
across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite
the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at

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