In March of 2017, Air Liquide started up two new public hydrogen stations in Fukuoka and Kobe cities in Japan. With the stations inaugurated in Nagoya, Toyota and Saga cities in 2016, this takes to five the number of public hydrogen stations installed by the Group in this country. These stations allow fuel cell electric vehicles to recharge in under five minutes, giving them a range of around 500 kilometers. Hydrogen is an alternative to fossil fuels in addressing the challenge posed by clean transportation and also helps to improve air quality.
The government of Japan sees hydrogen as a major energy with great promise for the future of the automotive industry and considers building around 100 hydrogen stations by the end of 2017. Air Liquide contributes actively to the construction of the hydrogen distribution infrastructure in Japan with the support of METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) and local authorities.
Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen value chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, and is working hand in hand with car manufacturers and the public authorities to develop hydrogen energy. By the end of 2017, the Group will have installed nearby 100 hydrogen stations around the world.