Air Liquide Japan has completed construction of the first public ‘fixed location’ hydrogen (H2) station in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and it began operations last month.
The station, which is the first to be built in the city except a mobile one, is subsidised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI), as well as municipal government of Kanagawa Prefecture.
This is the sixth H2 station directly owned and operated by Air Liquide in Japan. The Tier One company already has two located in Aichi, through a joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and one each in Saga, Fukuoka and Hyogo. Nationwide, Japan is now home to about 100 stations.
The Kawasaki H2 Station is located adjacent to one of Air Liquide Japan’s production sites, Kawasaki Oxyton. The station’s main components – including compressor, storage tanks, and precooler – are neatly organised into one package to reduce construction time and costs.
Shiro Yahara, President and CEO of Air Liquide Japan, commented, “The ongoing transition of energy and the environment is a global mega-trend that the Air Liquide Group contributes to with pride. H2 energy is one of our proven solutions.”
“In Japan, public and private initiatives to develop H2 mobility are well underway, and we are glad to take a leading role, providing both innovation and investments.”
“I would like to express my appreciation to the METI, Kanagawa Prefecture, Kawasaki City, and to relevant local social groups for their support. We will strive to develop this new station as an important base for H2 mobility, leveraging its advantageous location between Tokyo and Kanagawa.”
Earlier this month, Air Liquide and 10 large Japanese companies focussing on sustainable mobility joined forces to establish the ‘Japan H2 Mobility’ consortium, which aims to contribute to the stated ambitions of the Japanese government regarding the development of a large-scale H2 infrastructure. The government has announced a strategic plan to build a network of 320 stations nationwide by 2025, and 900 by 2030. Air Liquide expects to have built 20 stations in Japan by fiscal year 2021, through the consortium.