Air Liquide Japan has officially completed the construction of a new public hydrogen (H2) station in Miyawaka City, Fukuoka.
The new site is capable of recharging H2-powered vehicles in less than three minutes for a driving range of more than 500kms.
The new station is the fourth one in the area to be rolled out by the Japanese branch of Air Liquide, following two stations in Aichi through its joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and one built in Saga in 2016.
Shiro Yahara, President and CEO of Air Liquide Japan, highlighted, “We will demonstrate our innovation capacity based on the group’s expertise, in harmonising with local community, in order for the new station to become a base for H2 society development in Kyushu.”
An official opening ceremony was held on 14th March.
The new station represents another step forward for Air Liquide’s global Blue Hydrogen programme, which aims to gradually decarbonise its production of H2 dedicated to energy applications. Under this scheme, the industrial gas giant has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the H2 necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020.
The company aims to do this by combining the use of renewable energies, water electrolysis and biogas reforming, as well as the use of technologies for the capture and upgrading of carbon emitted during the process of producing H2 from natural gas.
The Tier One corporation also co-chairs the Hydrogen Council alongside Toyota Motor, which was launched in January by 13 global leading companies to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for H2 to foster the energy transition.