Saudi Aramco and Air Products have signed a joint agreement to build the station in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park, combining Air Products’ technical know-how with Saudi Aramco’s industrial experience, facilities, and R&D experience.
Air Products’ proprietary SmartFuel hydrogen fueling technology will be incorporated into the new station, with data collected during the pilot phase set to be used to inform decisions about the viability of this emerging transport technology across the MENAT region.
But the pilot is only possible with the vehicles supplied by Abdul Latif Jameel Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation, which has been investing in hydrogen vehicles for more than 20 years.
|Toyota Motor Corporation introduced its Mirai fuel cell vehicle in 2014, and it is this zero-emission vehicle – which runs on compressed hydrogen gas and emits only water – that will operate during the pilot study.
Raad Al Saady, at Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, said: “This collaboration continues our long-standing participation in building Saudi Arabia’s sustainable energy future through the introduction of hydrogen-powered transport vehicles in the Kingdom.
“Hydrogen, which is mostly produced from oil or natural gas today, is a clean and sustainable fuel that offers the driver the same five-minute gas station fueling experience with a much higher range compared to electric vehicles.”