The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and Air Products uncovered the first Saudi hydrogen fueling station at Air Products’ new Technology Center in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park.
The newly opened pilot station will fuel an initial fleet of six Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles with high-purity compressed hydrogen, according to Aramco’s statement on Tuesday.
“This pilot project represents an exciting opportunity for Saudi Aramco and Air Products to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen in the transport sector and its viability as a sustainable fuel for the future,” Amin H. Nasser, president and CEO of Aramco, commented.
He added that the station is a milestone in making oil-to-hydrogen a reality as the company continues to be focused on creating breakthrough technologies and solutions as part of our long term efforts to reduce carbon emissions and address climate concerns.
“It is well known that our world needs a sustainable system to address environmental challenges while also meeting growing energy demand. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are well positioned to be part of the solution,” Seifi Ghasemi, chairman of Air Products, said.
The world’s largest oil producer noted that the fleet of Toyota Mirai vehicles is expected to have a driving range of 500km with water as their only emission and the ability to be fueled in five minutes as opposed to an hour for traditional battery electric vehicles.