Iwatani Corporation opened the first commercial hydrogen (H2) refuelling station in Okayama Prefecture last month.
For this stationary-type H2 refuelling station, Iwatani has employed a system that arranges major equipment into units and offers them as a single package. This approach allows for a reduced installation footprint and reduces construction costs by limiting the on-site construction required, the company explained. Additionally, future increases in vehicle filling volume linked to the widespread uptake of fuel-cell vehicles can be handled by increasing compressed H2 storage capacity. The station is located in Okayama-Minami, Minami-ku, Okayama-shi
Including the latest opening, Iwatani has to date constructed H2 stations in 23 locations across Japan, but it regards the Okayama-Minami station as a model H2 refuelling station for future roll-out to regional cities, as well as for urban areas subject to numerous land restrictions.
Iwatani is a proud member of Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM). Moving forward, Iwatani will continue to coordinate with JHyM on the strategic development and efficient operation of H2 refuelling stations to hasten the widespread adoption of fuel cell vehicles and contribute to improved convenience for users.