On November 1st, Air Liquide Japan Ltd. has opened a station in Tokorozawa Matsugo, Saitama Prefecture, in alignment with an expected growing demand in hydrogen in the area by 2020.
Air Liquide Japan began operations at a new hydrogen station for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on November 1st at 11:30 a.m. The hydrogen station is located in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, which is a highly convenient location where multiple trunk roads pass through the area.
The Tokorozawa Matsugo Hydrogen Station has been created as a joint project between Air Liquide Japan and Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM). It will be the third station jointly operated by these two companies, and their first one in Saitama Prefecture.
It’s also Air Liquide Japan’s first on-site hydrogen station, meaning that hydrogen is both produced and supplied to Fuel Cell Vehicles on-site. This promotes local production for local consumption and helps reduce CO2 emissions. The hydrogen refueling system utilizes Air Liquide Japan's standard-type package, which has a proven track record, and the inclusion of additional pressure accumulators makes this a high-performance station capable of refueling the large-capacity fuel tanks of fuel cell buses. The Saitama prefecture expects a growing demand in hydrogen from 2020, as part of the Japanese government plan which aims to have 200,000 FCEVs on the roads and 320 HRS by 2025.
The Air Liquide Tokorozawa Matsugo Hydrogen Station is situated near the Tokorozawa Interchange on the Kan-etsu Expressway, a fairly accessible area for vehicles coming from any direction. Moreover, the station will operate on weekends for improved customer convenience. Moving forward, we hope that local residents and businesses will make use of this new hydrogen station to refuel their FCEVs and buses.
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 the Tokorozawa HRS
Name: Air Liquide Tokorozawa Matsugo Station
Location: 265-1 Oaza Matsugo, Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture
Site area: 2,000 m2
H2 supply method: On-site
H2 supply capacity: more than 300 Nm3/h, can fill four large hydrogen volume vehicles such as fuel cell bus.
Filling pressure: 82MPa (820 bars)
Refueling time: Approx. 3 minutes (FCEV) / 10 minutes (bus)
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed on Thursdays and Fridays)