A First for Japan-Iwatani Corporation and Seven-Eleven Japan Open of Hydrogen Refueling Stations
A First for Japan-Iwatani Corporation and Seven-Eleven Japan Open of Hydrogen Refueling Stations
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, March 16, 2016

Aiming to disseminate and enhance awareness of hydrogen energy beginning with Ikegami Ota-ku and Kariya-shi Aichi Prefecture

Iwatani Corporation and Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. recently and simultaneouslyopened Japan’s first hydrogen refueling stations linked to convenience stores in Ikegami in Tokyo’s Ota-ku and Kariya-shi in Aichi Prefecture .

Iwatani is building and operating hydrogen refueling stations and hydrogen manufacturing plants nationwide as part of its goal of achieving a society that harnesses the power of hydrogen. Seven-Eleven is committed to thoroughgoing environmental management including the introduction of new energy and renewable energy when creating “close by convenient stores” that are rooted in the community.

As well as conducting empirical tests in respect of reduced environmental impact of pure hydrogen-type fuel cells*, Seven-Eleven stores are conducting empirical tests in respect of the future potential of pure hydrogen-type fuel cells in retail stores. Moving forward, the company will go beyond the expansion of products and services to promoting the reduction of total electricity consumption and environmentally friendly stores, by engaging in comprehensive and proactive initiatives to address energy issues through energy saving, energy creation, and energy storage.    

Through this latest initiative, Iwatani expects the use of hydrogen energy to become more widespread. As well as being in the process of constructing hydrogen refueling stations in 20 locations nationwide, the company is working to strengthen its production system in respect of fuel for rockets launched from the Tanegashima Space Center, as well as liquefied hydrogen, which is seeing increased demand in the semiconductor and other industries, to meet the future demand anticipated for uses such as fuel cell vehicles.

Going forward, Iwatani and Seven-Eleven Japan will promote the proactive collaboration between convenience stores and hydrogen refueling stations with the aim of creating “regional infrastructure bases” that are able to supply products, services, and clean energy from a single location.
 
*It is planned pure hydrogen-type fuel cells currently being developed jointly by Yamaguchi Liquid Hydrogen (Corp.), Toshiba Fuel Cell Power Systems (Corp.), Chofukosan (Ltd.), and Iwatani (Corp.) will be installed with that support businesses in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Overview of Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Tokyo Ikegami and Seven-Eleven Ikegami 8-Chome Ota-ku Store

Name : Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Tokyo Ikegami
Seven-Eleven Ikegami 8-Chome Ota-ku Store
Address : 8-16-5 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Site area : Hydrogen refueling station overall 1,545m2

Seven-Eleven Store area: approximately 180m2, sales floor area: approximately 140m2;
Number of items offered: approximately 2,800

Hydrogen supply : Offsite supply of liquefied hydrogen
Supply capacity : Fuel cell vehicle 300Nm3/h (capable of fully filling six fuel cell vehicles per hour)
Filling pressure : 70Mpa (megapascals) (approximately 700 atmospheres)
Facilities : Liquefied hydrogen tanks, hydrogen compressors made by Linde AG of Germany, accumulators, dispensers, and other equipment

Overview of Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Aichi Kariya and Seven-Eleven Ichiriyamacho Store

Name : Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Aichi Kariya
Seven-Eleven Kariya Ichiriyamacho Store
Address : 3-3 Fukada, Ichiriyamacho, Kariya, Aichi Prefecture
Site area : Hydrogen refueling station overall 2,474m2

Seven-Eleven Store area: approximately 210m2, sales floor area: approximately 160m2;
Number of items offered: approximately 2,800

Hydrogen supply : Offsite supply of liquefied hydrogen
Supply capacity : Fuel cell vehicle 300Nm3/h (capable of fully filling six fuel cell vehicles per hour)
Filling pressure : 70Mpa (megapascals) (approximately 700 atmospheres)
Facilities : Liquefied hydrogen tanks, hydrogen compressors made by Linde AG of Germany, accumulators, dispensers, and other equipment