Tier One player, Air Products, has successfully brought its first retail hydrogen (H2) refuelling station on-stream in Tokyo, Japan.

Together with Japanese enterprises NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN Pipeline & Engineering Co. Ltd. (NSPE) and JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Air Products already has plans in place to construct another station in Hokkaido, which will come on-stream in September this year.

The US-based business and NSPE originally signed an agreement back in February 2014 to work together and get a slice of Japan’s accelerating H2 infrastructure market.

Under the agreement, Air Products has provided the new facility’s infrastructure engineering and design, with NSPE contributing engineering, construction and adapted technology for the Japanese market.

The Tokyo station utilises Air Products’ SmartFuel® technology, which provides fuelling at 70 megapascals (Mpa), and incorporates modular and expandable equipment, with additional patents pending related to ‘compressionless H2 fuelling station’ advancements, according to the company.

We are pleased to keep collaborating with NSPE in the Japan market, where many more H2 fuelling stations are already planned

Ed Kiczek, Global Business Director of Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, outlined, “The station, completed on-schedule, passed all of its standard testing the first time through and is fuelling vehicles regularly. We are pleased to keep collaborating with NSPE in the Japan market, where many more H2 fuelling stations are already planned.”

Hideki Imai, Director of Plant Division at NSPE, affirmed, “In Japan, where the fuel cell vehicle (FCV) commercial market was the first to be developed in the world, NSPE will continue to supply safe, reliable H2 for fuelling together with Air Products.”

The corporations’ SmartFuel technology has been involved in over 20 H2 fueling projects in over 20 countries throughout the world, and currently conducts approximately one million fills each year.

Air Products has been operating in the North Pacific rim country since the 1970s and conducts H2 fuelling opportunities through its wholly owned subsidiary, Air Products Japan.