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Air Liquide opens hydrogen station in Kasugai Katsugawa, Japan

  • Asia
  • Clean mobility
  • Mobility
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On May 18, Air Liquide Japan has opened a hydrogen station in Kasugai Katsugawa. This is in alignment with the initiatives in the Chubu region to create a hydrogen society using hydrogen as energy in daily lives and for industrial purposes. It is also a part of the government plan which aims to have 200,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads and 320 stations by 2025.

The station is located in the Aichi Prefecture, an area which has one of the largest numbers of hydrogen vehicles and stations (1,100 and 25 —now including the latter— respectively, as of end of April, 2020), along with Tokyo. The area also hosts the Japanese automobile industry, and the number of vehicles is expected to increase rapidly in the future, which justifies increasing the number of stations in this region for a better customer experience. Air Liquide sees growing demand in the area, and has very recently opened its Kita Nagoya Yamanokoshi hydrogen station on April 24. The station has also been conceived with expandability in mind, so that it can refuel commercial vehicles, such as taxis, buses and trucks in the future.

The Kasugai Katsugawa station has been created as a joint project between Air Liquide Japan and Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM). It will be the fifth station jointly operated by these two companies, and the fourth in the Aichi Prefecture. The station is located at a highly convenient location, near National Route 19 and the Katsugawa entrance/exit to the Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway and will operate on weekends for improved customer convenience. Two other stations are expected to be opened in Aichi prefecture, as a joint project with JHyM, during this fiscal year.

Air Liquide’s commitment to hydrogen energy
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 usof 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.

Air Liquide Japan
Air Liquide Japan (“ALJ”) was established in 1907, and has been contributing to the development of Japanese industries for over a decade. With a workforce of 2,000 employees, ALJ supplies nitrogen and oxygen to companies in electronics and other industrial fields and are at the service of our clients in problem solving and joint research. ALJ is also a leader in developing and providing new medical treatment devices and solutions using IoT, and continues to serve health care providers and patients. In addition to supplying gas for use in hospitals, ALJ focuses on the home healthcare field. Air Liquide Group has developed the hydrogen supply chain, and has installed more than 120 hydrogen stations around the world. In addition to building stations in Japan, ALJ’s goal is to become a leading company that encompasses the entire hydrogen energy value chain in Japan. ALJ will continue to provide innovative solutions with our industry-leading innovations and technologies at its core.

About the Kita-Nagoya Yamanokoshi Hydrogen Station
Name: Air Liquide Kasugai Katsugawa Hydrogen Station
Site area: 1,200 m2
H2 supply method: Off-site
H2 supply capacity: more than 300 Nm3/h
Filling pressure: 82 MPa (820 bars)
Refueling time: approx. 3 minutes
Location: 3-49, Katsugawa-cho Nishi, Kasugai-shi, Aichi Prefecture