Air Liquide Japan is to open the first ever permanent hydrogen (H2) station in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture – and it is expected to complete construction in March 2018 and open in April 2018.
The station, which is the first to be built in the city except a mobile one, will be subsidised by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan), as well as municipal government of Kanagawa Prefecture. Kanagawa Prefecture and Kawasaki City are active on dissemination of H2 energy. Located adjacent to one of Air Liquide Japan’s production site, Kawasaki Oxyton, between Tokyo and Kanagawa, the new station is expected to become one of the important places for development of H2 mobility including fuel cell buses in the area.
Kawasaki station’s main components including compressor, storage tanks, precooler are neatly organised into a package. The proprietary solution will help reduce construction time and costs, as a model station for further development in installation of H2 stations. This station allow H2-powered electric vehicles to recharge in three minutes. H2 is an alternative to fossil fuels in addressing the challenge posed by clean transportation and also helps to improve air quality.
Air Liquide masters the entire H2 supply chain, from production to storage and from distribution to the development of applications for end users thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular.
By the end of 2017, the Group will have installed nearby 100 H2 stations around the world. In Japan, five stations (in Aichi as JV with Toyota Tsusho, Saga, Fukuoka, and Hyogo) are operated by Air Liquide.