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January 29, 2016

Completion of Japan’s First Hydrogen Refueling Station at an Airport
Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station at Kansai International Airport

 

Iwatani Corporation (Head Office: Osaka and Tokyo, President: Masao Nomura, Capital: 20 billion yen) has been working on the development of commercial hydrogen refueling stations, aiming at an early realization of a hydrogen society. On this occasion, the Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Kansai International Airport has been completed as the first of its kind built adjacent to the airport facilities, and an opening ceremony was held today.  Iwatani has already opened hydrogen refueling stations at twelve locations in four metropolitan areas. The newly opened station is Japan’s 13th hydrogen refueling station.

The Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Kansai International Airport is part of the “KIX Hydrogen Grid Project,” one of the pillars of the Smart Island Vision of New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd. It has been conducting the project with the aim of becoming an environmentally advanced airport. Iwatani Corporation constructed the hydrogen refueling station on land provided by New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd. As the hydrogen refueling station has been built within the airport premises, we have adopted a canopy (roof) with a novel design that looks like an aircraft wing.
The station utilizes an offsite supply system of transporting liquefied hydrogen by tank trucks from the Hydro Edge Co., Ltd. liquefied hydrogen production plant of Iwatani in Sakai, Osaka.
We provide an event space with large digital signage next to the station. We will use the space proactively for seminars, tours and other awareness-raising activities for an early realization of a hydrogen society.

In the Hydrogen Grid Project being undertaken at Kansai International Airport, there are other initiatives such as experimental programs for fuel cell forklifts and hydrogen supply systems being conducted in the international cargo area since February 2015. These programs were initiated by the Ministry of the Environment, and Iwatani Corporation is in charge of developing and installing the hydrogen supply system and supplying the hydrogen fuel. Although only one unit is currently being used in the experiment, the number of units will be gradually increased, and we plan to enhance our hydrogen supply capability in the future.

 

 

 

 

Overview of Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Kansai International Airport

Name : Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Kansai International Airport
Address : 11-1 Senshu-Kuko-Naka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka Prefecture
Site area : 2,479㎡
Hydrogen supply : Offsite supply of liquefied hydrogen
Supply capacity : Fuel cell vehicle 300N m3/h (Capable of fully filling six fuel cell vehicles per hour) 
Filling pressure : 70MPa (megapascals) (about 700 atmospheres)
Facilities : Liquefied hydrogen tanks, hydrogen compressors made by Linde AG of Germany, accumulators, dispensers and other equipment

 

 

 

  >Images of the Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station at Kansai International Airport may be downloaded here.