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Air Liquide opens Oguchi hydrogen station, in Japan

Air Liquide Japan Ltd. is opening a hydrogen station in Oguchi in Aichi Prefecture. Oguchi is located in the northwestern part of Aichi prefecture, a convenient place where numerous trunk roads run close by. The station will commence operation from May 25th, and frequent use by the residents and companies in the broader Chubu Area is expected.

The Oguchi Hydrogen Station is the second Air Liquide station deployed in the frame of the Japan Hydrogen Mobility (JHyM) national consortium, following the station opened in Gamagori on April 28, 2019, and the fourth within the Aichi prefecture (including the two stations already in operation at Nagoya Atsuta and Toyota Interchange Hydrogen Stations). Aichi prefecture has the largest number of registered fuel cell vehicle drivers in Japan- over 1,000 as of present- and frequent use by these drivers is expected.

Oguchi is located north of Nagoya, and close to the Komaki Interchange. Route 41 crosses through Oguchi, while the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway runs on the western side of the town. The new station has good access from the Meishin Highway, Tomei Highway and Chuo Highway.

Gamagori Hydrogen Station has been installed with an Air Liquide-designed packaged system that combines a compressor and hydrogen storage. In applying this system, Air Liquide can build new station in a very limited time frame at a very efficient cost.

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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 contribute toward the development of our customers and society at large, through providing innovative solutions with our industry-leading innovations and technologies at its core.