The Tohoku region in Japan is the next area in the North Pacific rim country to get its first hydrogen (H2) refuelling station, as part of Iwatani’s extensive rollout plan.
The new station, which will be the first for its region, will be constructed in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and is due to be completed by the end of this year. It will utilise an offsite supply system of liquefied H2 from Iwatani’s production plant situated in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture.
It will have a supply capacity of 300Nm3/h, making it capable of fully filling six vehicles per hour, and will have a filling pressure of 70 megapascal (Mpa). Its facilities will include a H2 compressor, which is manufactured by Tier One company Linde AG, a liquefied H2 storage tank, accumulators and dispensers.
A press release stated, “Going forward, Iwatani will continue to establish and develop H2 refuelling stations in joint cooperation with local governments and strong local companies in various regions. By developing and connecting what were, until now, sparsely placed refuelling stations into a continuous line, [we will] continue to contribute to the early spread and popularisation of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and increased convenience for FCV users.”
Going forward, Iwatani will continue to establish and develop H2 refuelling stations in joint cooperation with local governments and strong local companies in various regions
The Japanese industrial gas company has already completed 16 other stations throughout the country since it established its large-scale rollout plan in July 2014, primarily focusing on four metropolitan areas; Amagasaki-shi in the Hyogo Prefecture, Kitakyushu-shi in the Fukuoka Prefecture, Minato-ku and Ota-ku in Tokyo, and Kariya-shi in the Aichi Prefecture.
Iwatani selected Sendai as the location for its next station in support of its core concept to develop a H2-based energy society.
Last week, the corporation announced it had extended the opening hours of its refuelling stations across the country due to increased customer usage.