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Japan: Air Liquide opens the first hydrogen charging station for the general public in Saga

Air Liquide Japan announces that it will open “Saga Hydrogen Station” in Saga City, Kyushu. Construction has already been underway, aiming to complete in February and to start service in March, 2016.
Located in the city center of Saga (1 chome, Jinno-Nishi, Saga City), the hydrogen charging station, subsidized by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) and Saga Prefecture, will be the first one for general public in Saga. The station employs the “compressed hydrogen off-site” system, and is capable of recharge, at 70 MPa, hydrogen-powered vehicles in less than 3 minutes per car for an extended range of up to around 500 kilometers.

Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage and from distribution to the development of applications for end users. The Group is actively participating in promoting the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy, especially for the transportation sector. To date, 75 hydrogen charging stations have already been designed and installed by Air Liquide worldwide. In Japan, through the joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, it co-runs two public-use hydrogen charging stations in Aichi Prefecture.

In Saga, Air Liquide has designed and installed a mobile hydrogen charging station for “Tosu Hydrogen Station”, started in March 2011, and operated by Tosu Kankyo Kaihatsu Sogo Center, to use woody-biomass-based hydrogen for mobility.

Air Liquide in Japan

Established in 1907 in Japan, as Japan first industrialized, Air Liquide now serves 15,000 customers across the country, particularly in Electronics, thanks to its 2,000 employees. The Group also has a Research and Technology Centre in Tsukuba (near Tokyo) and an Engineering center in Kobe. Japan serves as a technology & research base for Air Liquide in Asia and beyond.


Hydrogen, a clean energy carrier

Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen from the air to produce electricity while releasing only water. Hydrogen can be produced from diverse sources of energy, including natural gas, but also from many renewable energy sources. This makes hydrogen one of the solutions for the supply of clean energy, while its storage capacity offers a guarantee of supply safety.


Blue Hydrogen

Is an Air Liquide program whose goal is to gradually decarbonize its production of hydrogen dedicated to energy applications. In practical terms, Air Liquide has made a commitment to produce at least 50% of the hydrogen necessary for these applications through carbon-free processes by 2020 by combining: 

  • the use of renewable energies, water electrolysis, and biogas reforming,
  • the use of technologies for the capture and upgrading of carbon emitted during the process of producing hydrogen from natural gas.

Even when it is produced from natural gas, hydrogen is a virtuous energy: for equal distance traveled, hydrogen cars allow to reduce GHG emissions by 20% compared with internal combustion vehicles and don’t produce any fine particles.


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