On December 24, Air Liquide Japan has opened a hydrogen station in Nagoya Odaka. This is in alignment with the initiatives in the Chubu region to create a hydrogen society using hydrogen as energy in daily lives and for industrial purposes. It is also a part of the government plan which aims to have 200,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads and 320 stations by 2025.
The station is located in the Aichi Prefecture, an area which has one of the largest numbers of hydrogen vehicles and stations (respectively 1,136 and 27, including the latter), along with Tokyo. The area also hosts the Japanese automobile industry, and the number of vehicles is expected to increase rapidly in the future, which justifies increasing the number of stations in this region for a better customer experience. Air Liquide sees growing demand in the area, and has very recently opened its Nagoya Nakagawa hydrogen station on July 9.
The Nagoya Odaka station has been created as a joint project between Air Liquide Japan and Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM). It will be the 7th station jointly operated by these two companies, and the 6th in the Aichi Prefecture. The station is contributing to an improved experience for customers and the Nagoya area residents thinks to a convenient location close to National Route 247, and the Prefectural Route 55 and being open on weekends as well. The hydrogen refueling system utilizes Air Liquide Japan’s standard-type package with a proven track record, combining compressors and pressure accumulators into one unit, that can be built in a limited time frame at a very efficient cost.
The Air Liquide Nagoya Odaka station has received “Subsidies for Hydrogen Station Development Expenses Aimed at Promoting the Adoption of Fuel Cell Vehicles” from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the “Subsidies for Hydrogen Station Development Expenses” from the Aichi Prefecture.
Air Liquide’s commitment to hydrogen energy
Air Liquide Japan ("ALJ"; headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative President and CEO: Virginie Cavalli)
|A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 67,000 employees and serves more than 3.7 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable, regular and responsible growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to 22 billion euros in 2019 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.