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July 14, 2014

Japan’s First Commercial Hydrogen Station Opens,
Taking the First Step Towards a Hydrogen Energy Society, from Amagasaki

 

Iwatani Corporation (Head office: Tokyo and Osaka; President: Masao Nomura; Paid-in capital: 20 billion yen) has been working to establish the infrastructure to supply hydrogen to fuel cell vehicles (FCV), which are scheduled to be available to the public in 2015, and fuel cell buses, the popularity of which is expected to rise in the future. Iwatani Corporation recently completed construction of Japan’s first commercial hydrogen station in Amagasaki, Hyogo, and its opening ceremony was held today. This station adopts the off-site method, with which the liquefied hydrogen is transported from Hydro Edge Co., Ltd. (Sakai, Osaka), Iwatani’s manufacturing base of liquefied hydrogen, by truck, and supplied to the fuel cell vehicles.

 

 

Name : Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Amagasaki

Location : 3-3-16, Tsugiya, Amagasaki, Hyogo (within the premises of Iwatani R&D Center)

Site Area : 550 m2 (approximately 165 tsubo, excluding storagetank areas for liquefied hydrogen)

Hydrogen Supply : Off-site supply of liquefied hydrogen

Filling Method : Differential pressure filling (filling compressed gas using the pressure difference between the pressure accumulator and the hydrogen tank installed in a vehicle, such as FCV)

Supply Capacity : 340N㎥/h (capable of fully filling six units per hour)

Filling Pressure : 70MPa (megapascals) (700 bar)

Filling Time : Within three minutes per unit (from empty to full)

Facility Configuration : Liquefied hydrogen storage tanks*, hydrogen compressors made by Linde of Germany, pressure accumulators, dispensers, etc. *Liquefied hydrogen storage tanks are installed inside Iwatani R&D Center)

Features : 1) Japan’s first commercial hydrogen station  2) Hydrogen compressors made by Linde are used  3) Conveniently located in Amagasaki

 

 

【Iwatani’s Initiatives】

 

With the advent of a hydrogen energy society in mind, a total of 13 companies, including three automobile manufacturers and 10 energy companies, among them Iwatani Corporation, issued a joint statement on the “Commencement of general sales of FCV in 2015 and the preceding  establishment of 100 hydrogen stations” in January, 2011. Iwatani has announced that it will set up 20 of its own commercial hydrogen stations, mainly in the four major metropolitan areas, including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka, by fiscal 2015. Construction is underway, and Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Amagasaki is the first to be completed. It is Iwatani’s, and Japan’s, first commercial hydrogen station.

 

Iwatani first began handling hydrogen in 1941. Over the year since, it has been developing handling technologies in manufacturing, transportation, storage, supply, and security, as Japan’s leading supplier of industrial hydrogen for more than 70 years. Iwatani also aims to support the development of infrastructure for hydrogen energy era by tapping its knowledge in the construction and operation of hydrogen stations through its many years of experience in national projects and regional experimental studies.

 

 

※Filling package made by Linde

 

 

The filling package equipped with the Ionic Compressor IC-90, the compact compressor developed for hydrogen stations by the German company Linde, with which Iwatani has collaborated closely in the construction and operation of hydrogen stations, has been adopted at Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Amagasaki. Iwatani plans to install the filling package equipped with IC-90 in every hydrogen station, except for the movable type, slated to be constructed across the country.
The IC-90 is a compressor that utilizes the properties of high heat capacity, high lubricity, non-volatility, and low-solubility of ionic liquid, which is compact and can be installed in smaller spaces, and has high efficiency and high durability. Linde has today opened a small-scale, mass-production plant for a hydrogen filling system in Vienna, Austria, to introduce IC-90 to hydrogen stations around the world. A high-level of standardization will be conducted for all components, including IC-90, for the hydrogen filling systems manufactured in the Vienna Plant, which can be put together into a 14-foot compact container, transported, and installed alongside an existing station. Production capacity is scheduled to be 50 units annually. Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Amagasaki, as Japan’s first commercial hydrogen station, and Linde have taken a historic first step toward the hydrogen energy society, aiming to introduce the IC-90 to hydrogen stations around the world.