Linde to supply climate-neutral hydrogen for official presentation of new BMW

Wiesbaden, 14 November 2006 - The technology group Linde will be supplying climate-neutral hydrogen for the official presentation of the new BMW Hydrogen 7 in Berlin. With this, Linde not only underlines its hydrogen logistics competence but also its ambitions regarding sustainable hydrogen production. Around 300 journalists will be trying out the new hydrogen-powered BMW at the manufacturer's international press event in the German capital. "Climate-neutral hydrogen represents a first step towards emission-free mobility that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels", explained Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, President and CEO of Linde AG. The climate neutrality of the liquid hydrogen is guaranteed thanks to the acquisition of CO2 certificates. The principle of compensating emissions by means of certificates from a climate protection project was assessed by the TÜV SÜD technical service group, who granted the quality mark accordingly. Linde's strategic objective is to considerably increase the proportion of sustainably generated hydrogen in the long term. Linde will soon be in a position to meet the needs of all test fleets in Europe using sustainable production methods, thanks in particular to the results of biomass-to-hydrogen (BTH) projects. The traiLH2TM, a mobile hydrogen refueling unit, will provide part of the fuel required during the press event. Its 1,000-liter hydrogen dewar vessel and independent electricity supply via an on-board fuel cell make the traiLH2TM ideal for flexible fuel supply. The rest of the BMWs will be refueled at the TOTAL filling station on Berlin's Heerstrasse. Both this filling station and three other mobile dispensers feature refueling technology developed by Linde, as well as Linde hydrogen. Around 30,000 liters of the cryogenic, emission-free fuel will be required over the course of the three-week event. It will be supplied by what is at present Germany's only hydrogen liquefaction plant, which is operated by Linde in Ingolstadt (Bavaria). Liquid hydrogen (LH2) offers a number of advantages due to the substantially higher energy density compared to compressed gaseous hydrogen (CGH2). The higher energy density means that the energy saved during the transportation of the hydrogen from the production site to the filling station outweighs the energy required during the liquefaction process. The storage volume required at the filling station is considerably lower, giving LH2-powered vehicles like the BMW Hydrogen 7 a greater cruising range. Linde will also be the exclusive global hydrogen supplier for BMW's drive events, which are to run under the motto "Drive for the Future", on the basis of a long-term partnership. Both companies are also forging ahead with the establishment of a blanket hydrogen infrastructure together with other partners, mainly from the automotive and mineral oil industries. Linde has equipped over 40 filling stations worldwide, making it the leading provider of hydrogen refueling technology. The Linde Group is a world leading industrial gases and engineering company with more than 53,000 employees working in around 70 countries worldwide. Following the acquisition of The BOC Group the company has gases and engineering sales of approximately 12 billion euro. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. For more information, please see The Linde Group online at For further information: Press Stefan Metz Tel.: +49.611.770-487 Investor Relations Thomas Eisenlohr Tel.: +49.611.770-610 --- End of Message --- WKN: 648300; ISIN: DE0006483001; Index: CDAX, DAX, Prime All Share, HDAX; Listed: Prime Standard in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, Amtlicher Markt in Börse Berlin Bremen, Amtlicher Markt in Bayerische Börse München, Amtlicher Markt in Börse Düsseldorf, Amtlicher Markt in Börse Stuttgart, Amtlicher Markt in Hanseatische Wertpapierbörse zu Hamburg, Freiverkehr in Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover, Amtlicher Markt in Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse;