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April 07, 2016

Construction of Tohoku Region’s First Hydrogen Refueling Station to Begin in Sendai
Iwatani Aims to Complete Construction During FY2016


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. Today it was officially determined that the Tohoku region’s first hydrogen refueling station (the Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Sendai) is to be constructed in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and an official signing ceremony was held at the Miyagi Prefectural Government office to recognize the formation of an agreement regarding the construction of the station. The agreement was signed between Miyagi Prefectural Governor Yoshihiro Murai and Iwatani President Masao Nomura.


Miyagi prefecture is moving forward with a number of initiatives to further the use and effective utilization of hydrogen energy, centered primarily around its core vision “Miyagi’s Vision for Promoting the Use of Hydrogen Energy,” and is aiming to become a pioneering area in achieving the realization of a hydrogen society in the Tohoku region.
It is because these initiatives also match the directionality of Iwatani’s business operations in its aim to usher in the hydrogen energy-based society that Iwatani decided to construct the new refueling station in Sendai, in support of Miyagi’s efforts. Moving forward, Iwatani will advance construction with support from the Japanese government, as well as construction grants and prefectural land provided by Miyagi Prefecture itself, and aim to complete construction during fiscal 2016.


Because Miyagi Prefecture is a key location linking the Tohoku region to the Greater Tokyo Area, in addition to refueling by FCV (fuel cell vehicle) users in Miyagi itself, Iwatani also envisages the station being used by many other users; as a refueling hub for transport to the Tohoku area, from other areas in which hydrogen refueling stations have already been opened.


The new station will adopt an offsite supply method using liquefied hydrogen, by which the hydrogen fuel for the station will be transported by tank trucks from Iwatani Industrial Gases Corp.’s liquefied hydrogen production plant in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture.


Since July 2014, Iwatani has been advancing the development of commercial hydrogen refueling stations, primarily focused around Japan’s four major metropolitan areas. As on this occasion, going forward Iwatani will continue to establish and develop hydrogen refueling stations in joint cooperation with local governments and strong local companies in various regions; and, by developing and connecting what were until now sparsely placed refueling stations into a continuous line, continue to contribute to the early spread and popularization of FCVs and increased convenience for FCV users.


Overview of Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Sendai

Name : Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Sendai
Address : 4-7-1 Saiwai-cho, Miyagino-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture
Site area : Approx. 1,400m2 (planned)
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




Illustration of how the Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Sendai is expected to look once completed.


> Images of the Iwatani Hydrogen Refueling Station in Sendai may be downloaded here.