Air Liquide Japan has announced plans to open the first public hydrogen (H2) station in the central Japanese city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.

The station’s footprint will be the smallest ever built by the Tier One corporation in Japan and will be used as a model solution for major cities with geographical constrictions.

The site will utilise a compressed, offsite system, bringing high pressure H2 from sources in the Kansai area and adjusting its pressure to charge H2-powered vehicles.

Subsidised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) and Kobe City, the station will be built adjacent to an existing petrol station in Hyogo in order to contribute to the local development of H2 mobility in the North Pacific rim country.

With construction scheduled for completion in February 2017, the site will officially open the following month in March.

Air Liquide has installed H2 stations throughout the world, with a total of 75 designed and installed globally at the end of 2015. In Japan, the industrial gas giant co-runs two public H2 stations in the Aichi Prefecture through its joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, as well as running one in Saga in South Japan which is opened earlier this year.