Air Liquide among the core members of newly established “Hydrogen Demand Study Group in Chubu”
Air Liquide Japan (“ALJ”) is pleased to announce the launch of the “Hydrogen Demand Study Group in Chubu” (hereafter, “HDSG in Chubu”) today, March 6, 2020. ALJ is proud to be one of the core members, along with 9 other Japanese entities.
As a cornerstone of Japan’s sustainable energies strategy, hydrogen has been granted with a supportive national roadmap aiming to bring to life a hydrogen society. This includes the deployment and scaling up of an international supply chain to provide 300,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year by 2030.
The Chubu region is an ideal location (central and with Nagoya as the heart of the automotive industry) for the HDSG to meet the demand for mobility applications as well as from industrial customers, for electricity production or for the residential sector. During the first stage, HDSG in Chubu will focus on:
- Conducting studies to estimate hydrogen demand in the Chubu region, with large scale overseas hydrogen imports as an initial hypothesis;
- Estimating the detailed costs of sustainable hydrogen;
- Identifying the required technical, financial, and legal framework and potential bottlenecks to establishing the right business model for social implementation.
As a core member of HDSG in Chubu, ALJ will work closely with each of these entities to lead initiative, in addition to continuing its endeavors to assist Japan’s efforts on the way to a hydrogen society.
In the past 50 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide has designed and installed more than 120 stations around the world to date. Hydrogen is an alternative to meet the challenge of clean transportation and thus contributes to the improvement of air quality. Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to produce electricity, emitting only water. It does not generate any pollution at the point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles and zero noise. Hydrogen provides a concrete response to the challenges posed by sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas.
About the Hydrogen Demand Study Group in Chubu
The 9 member companies that will work with ALJ are, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Iwatani Corporation, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Toho Gas Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation.