On July 9, Air Liquide Japan has opened a hydrogen station in Nagoya Nakagawa. 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 (1,136 and 26 —now including the latter— respectively, as of May, 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 Kasugai Katsugawai hydrogen station on May 18. 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 Nagoya Nakagawa station has been created as a joint project between Air Liquide Japan and Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM). It will be the sixth station jointly operated by these two companies, and the fifth in the Aichi Prefecture. The station is contributing to an improved experience for customers and the Nagoya area residents thanks to a convenient location close to National Route 1, and being opened on weekends as well. Another station is expected to be opened in Midori-ku —also located within the Aichi prefecture— as a joint project with JHyM, before the end of the 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 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.
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 Air Liquide Nagoya Nakagawa Hydrogen Station
Name: Air Liquide Nagoya Nakagawa Hydrogen Station
Site area: 828 m2
Supply method: Off-site
Supply capacity:more than 300 Nm3/h
Filling pressure: 820 bars (82 MPa)
Refueling time: aprox. 3 minutes
Address: 320 Takasugi machi, Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture