Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. plans to open its first commercial hydrogen station, the Narita Hydrogen Station ("the station") on the grounds of Narita International Airport, to begin operation on March 15.
Idemitsu had operated the Narita Hydrogen Station for experimental research since February 2011 as an experimental research project in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and others.*1 In this operation, Idemitsu had supplied hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles used in transportation between the airport and central Tokyo and other points for developing our knowledge regarding hydrogen utilization and technical aspects of hydrogen supply.
Since September 2015, Idemitsu has built key facilities for establishing commercial hydrogen-supply facilities after being awarded a subsidy from METI´s subsidy program for construction of new hydrogen-supply facilities for fuel-cell vehicles and the construction has finished at this time.
In the future, Idemitsu will put to use the knowledge it has built up concerning operation of this stations to promote the use of fuel-cell vehicles by supplying hydrogen to ordinary vehicles and to contribute to the realization of a hydrogen-powered society, together with further testing and buildup of knowledge regarding business and technical aspects of hydrogen supply.
The initial sale price of hydrogen will be 1,100 yen/kg (not including consumption tax),*2 based on factors including the Japanese government’s Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and deliberations in the Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.*3
Overview of the Narita Hydrogen Station
※1 The METI project "Hydrogen utilization social system demonstration - Hydrogen highway project," and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) project "Local hydrogen supply infrastructure technical and social demonstration" and "R&D of technology for hydrogen utilization" entrusted to the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology (HySUT)
※2 100 yen/1 Nm3; hydrogen sale prices are subject to change in accordance with economic conditions, sales environment, and other factors
※3 The Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, established in June 2014, calls for "achieving a reduction of hydrogen price to a level equal to or lower than that of fuels for hybrid vehicles by around 2020." In addition, a document submitted to the secretariat of the Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in February 2016 noted, "At hydrogen stations currently opened and operating, the target date has been moved forward, as prices are being set strategically in the range 1,000-1,100 yen/kg, a level approaching the fuel costs of a hybrid vehicle."