The partners of the Simplefuel® hydrogen (H2) refuelling appliance – IVYS Energy Solutions and PDC Machines, along with Japanese partner Tokyo Boeki Mechanics – have announced its first commercial deployment in Japan.
The Simplefuel H2 Refuelling Appliance is a compact, self-contained station for refuelling H2-powered vehicles complete with H2 production, purification and dispensing. With support from the Japanese Environmental Ministry of the Central Government, the SimpleFuel appliance will use solar or grid electricity to produce and deliver H2 for use with a Toyota Industries fuel-cell forklift truck at the Kesen Precut Cooperative, an Iwate Prefecture-based tree and timber production co-op.
The Simplefuel H2 Appliance was developed in response to the US Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, challenging American innovators to create solutions that could provide a path for greater adoption of FCEVs by drastically improving the performance and affordability of small-scale H2 fuelling infrastructure. The Simplefuel team consisting of IVYS Energy Solutions (MA, USA), PDC Machines (PA, USA) and McPhy NA (MA, USA) were awarded the H-prize in early 2017 and have been working over the past year to commercialise the technology.
“IVYS and our international partners are committed to bringing clean and renewable transportation technologies to reality such as in this landmark demonstration with Kesen Precut, Toyota Industries, Toyota Leasing and Financing, Watari Co, LTD and JA Mitsui Leasing,” said Darryl Pollica, CEO of IVYS Energy Solutions. “We are truly appreciative of the foresight of the US Department of Energy to incentivise innovation through the H-Prize competition to catalyse this product and trigger our US-based manufacturing, as well as the warm reception of this technology in the Iwate Prefecture and the Japanese Ministry of Environment. We believe our concerted efforts to commercialise compact refuelling appliances will help enable and ensure sustainable transportation alternatives, while creating clean energy jobs, and benefitting the environment globally.”
“PDC Machines is deeply excited about providing this exciting innovation to the Japanese H2 Society, enabling a new market segment for small refueling solutions,” added Kareem Afzal, Vice-President and Partner at PDC Machines, and who is responsible for the business development of Simplefuel in the Asia Pacific Region. “It is our deep honor to partner with so many innovative thinkers and doers for this project in Iwate Prefecture. We look forward to this being a springboard for broad adoption of compact refuellers in the Japanese and Asian markets. We have prepared for the commercialised market- and are ready to deliver.”
“We could make one large step forward to develop the international technical possibilities and it into global stage by installing this compact appliance with the USA’s newest technology”, commented Akira Shibuta, Vice-President of Tokyo Boeki Mechanics. “With the additional Japanese requirements for installation in Japan the project partners were able to successfully blend the refueler with the associated Japanese components to meet the requirements of Japan’s independent hydrogen safety code. We deeply appreciate related people for this project and effort.”