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January 15, 2016

Completion of Shiga Prefecture’s First Hydrogen Refueling Station in Otsu City
12th Hydrogen Refueling Station in Japan

 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 Otsu has been completed as the first of its kind in Shiga Prefecture, and it was opened on January 15. Iwatani has already opened hydrogen refueling stations at eleven locations in four metropolitan areas: Amagasaki City in Hyogo Prefecture, Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture, Minato-ku in Tokyo and Toda City in Saitama Prefecture. The newly opened station is Japan’s 12th hydrogen refueling station.


The Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Otsu was built on the site of a CNG refueling station of Iwatani. We expect that many customers from the Kansai area will use the station, particularly FCV users in Kyoto and Shiga Prefecture because it is located along the convenient Route 1 near Kyoto City.
The station utilizes an offsite supply system of transporting liquefied hydrogen by tank trucks from the Hydro Edge liquefied hydrogen production plant of Iwatani in Sakai, Osaka.
Please note that an LPG station is also provided next to the hydrogen refueling station.


Iwatani, aiming at the early realization of a hydrogen society, plans to open hydrogen refueling stations in twenty locations in the four metropolitan areas in fiscal 2015, and is working toward the completion of hydrogen refueling stations in the remaining eight locations.





Overview of Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Otsu

Name : Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Otsu
Address : 5-9 Fujimidai, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture
Site area : 2,060.6㎡
Hydrogen supply : Offsite supply of liquefied hydrogen
Supply capacity : Fuel cell vehicle 340N 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