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Friday Fallback Story: Air Liquide to Open Japan’s First 24/7 Hydrogen Station in Motomiya City, Fukushima Prefecture

By November 4, 2022 3   min read  (527 words)

November 4, 2022 |

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Air Liquide Japan G.K. has decided to invest in the construction of Japan’s first 24-hour, 365-day hydrogen station “Air Liquide Motomiya Interchange Hydrogen Station” in Motomiya City, Fukushima Prefecture.

The station will serve the growing demand for light and heavy commercial vehicles in addition to passenger cars and buses, and is scheduled to open in the first half of 2024. It will be the first hydrogen station based on the collaboration agreed in 2021 by our company, Itochu Corporation, and Itochu Enex Co., Ltd.

As the first hydrogen station to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in Japan, the Motomiya Interchange Hydrogen Station will meet the ever-increasing demand for light and heavy commercial vehicles in addition to passenger cars and buses throughout the year. Motomiya City, where the hydrogen station is scheduled to be installed, is located in the central part of the Nakadori area in Fukushima Prefecture. It is a gateway to the Tohoku region and a key transportation hub for the Tohoku Expressway, making it a day trip from the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Based on a collaborative agreement between the three companies, by adding a hydrogen station with two lanes to the fleet station currently owned and operated by Enex Fleet Co., Ltd. of the Itochu Enex Group, FC truck users can use the existing fleet station. We will realize a multi-fuel station that plays the role of a trunk line concept where you can receive the same full service.

This hydrogen station will be the 14th hydrogen station jointly developed by Air Liquide Japan G.K. and Japan Hydrogen Station Network G.K. (JHyM), in which 30 companies participate. The subsidy system of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Fukushima Prefecture will be utilized for the construction of the Motomiya Interchange Hydrogen Station.

The opening of the Motomiya Interchange Hydrogen Station is part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, which aims to open 320 hydrogen stations and spread 200,000 FCVs (fuel cell vehicles) by 2025. in line with the action plan. In addition, Fukushima Prefecture is promoting various initiatives toward the realization of a hydrogen society that utilizes hydrogen as energy for daily life and industry, and the opening of this hydrogen station is positioned as part of these efforts. In constructing the hydrogen station, we will utilize the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s “Hydrogen station development project cost subsidy to promote the spread of fuel cell vehicles” and the Fukushima prefecture’s “Fukushima prefecture hydrogen energy spread expansion project subsidy”. .

Virginie Cavalli, President and CEO of Air Liquide Japan, said: “The opening of the new station will meet the demand for fuel cell trucks to be deployed in Fukushima Prefecture under the initiative of Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies (CJPT). We are pleased to announce that we have taken a big step towards the stable supply of hydrogen.This project is based on collaboration with ITOCHU Corporation, Itochu Enex and other partner companies, cooperation with related parties, and the technical capabilities of the Air Liquide Group in hydrogen mobility. , as well as our contribution to efforts to improve the sustainability of Japanese society.”

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