Air Liquide Japan Ltd. has opened the second of its hydrogen fueling stations within the framework of the Japan Hydrogen Mobility (JHyM) national consortium. The first was opened in Gamagori in April and the second was opened in Oguchi in May, both locations being in the Aichi prefecture in central Honshu Island.
Oguchi is located in the northwestern part of Aichi prefecture, a convenient place where numerous trunk roads run close by. The station will serve residents and companies in the broader Chubu Area.
The Oguchi hydrogen station is also the fourth within the Aichi prefecture (including the two stations already in operation at Nagoya Atsuta and Toyota Interchange Hydrogen Stations). Aichi prefecture has the largest number of registered fuel cell vehicle drivers in Japan (over 1,000) and frequent use by these drivers is expected.
Air Liquide Japan Ltd.’s Gamagori hydrogen station is located inside a Resort Complex facility, “Laguna Ten Bosch” in Gamagori City. This is the first time that a hydrogen station has been opened within a Resort facility. This presence will contribute to meet increasing demand for hydrogen powered vehicles in the Higashi-Mikawa region, as well as to raise awareness on hydrogen as a key solution for the energy transition, in particular for clean mobility, and contribute to its recognition in society.
Utilising an Air Liquide-designed packaged system that combines a compressor and hydrogen storage, the company can build a new station in a very limited time frame at a very efficient cost.
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 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.