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LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, officially dedicated the state's first retail-designed hydrogen demonstration refueling station at a BP-branded site at Los Angeles International Airport. The station was developed in partnership with Praxair, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Los Angeles World Airport and will provide hydrogen for five DaimlerChrysler fuel-cell models.
Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Ross Pillari, president of BP America, said, "The opening of this hydrogen demonstration site is an important step to meeting the future energy needs of California. It is also an important milestone for us in BP and for the United States.
It, along with other development projects, will bring the day when hydrogen can be made widely available to customers a step closer."
Carol Battershell, BP's director of alternative fuels, added, "Today's celebration reflects our belief in the potential hydrogen offers for wide-scale emission-free transport. And while the day when that may be possible is still some time away, projects such as this demonstrate what we can do today to provide the fuels of tomorrow."
BP, which markets its traditional fuels in California under the ARCO brand, is also working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, DaimlerChrysler and Ford to develop more hydrogen refueling stations in several U.S. states. Elsewhere in the world, the company is a participant in a pan-European nine-city fuel-cell bus project and has signed an agreement with the Chinese government to develop hydrogen demonstration fueling facilities to support fuel-cell buses in Beijing in time for the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Los Angeles Airport project brings BP's worldwide involvement in hydrogen sites to 12. Earlier this week, the company unveiled the first hydrogen refueling facility to be built under the DOE's fuel cell and infrastructure validation program at the DTE Energy Hydrogen Technology Park in Detroit.