Saturday, 18 March 2017

Air Liquide: Fukuoka Miyata Station for hydrogen mobility development in Kyushu

Source: "Japan: Air Liquide opens Fukuoka Miyata Station for hydrogen mobility development in Kyushu", 14th March 2017

Air Liquide Japan is pleased to announce that it has completed the construction of its Fukuoka Miyata Hydrogen Station in Miyawaka City, Fukuoka, Japan, and held its opening ceremony at the site.

The new station for public use is the 4th one, following two stations in Aichi through the joint venture with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and one in Saga, built in 2016. It is located inside Miyata Plant of Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc., adjacent to Miyata Smart IC of Kyushu Expressway, aiming to become one of the main areas of hydrogen mobility development in Kyushu between Fukuoka City and Kita-kyushu City. This station, designed and installed by Air Liquide, is able to recharge hydrogen-powered electric vehicles in less than three minutes for a driving range of more than 500 kilometers. The station will benefit from METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) and Fukuoka Prefecture support for its construction. In particular, Fukuoka Prefecture certified Air Liquide Japan as the company for “Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone*” program, offering various support including tax benefit. Air Liquide masters the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage and from distribution to the development of applications for end users.To date, 75 hydrogen charging stations have already been designed and installed by Air Liquide worldwide. Air Liquide co-chairs with Toyota Motor the Hydrogen Council, which was launched in January 2017 by 13 global leading companies to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.


Shiro YAHARA, President and CEO of Air Liquide Japan: “I would like to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Fukuoka Prefecture, Miyawaka City, as well as concerned parties of the local society for their great support to the construction of the station. We are also strongly supported by Toyota Motor Kyushu for its advice and cooperation. We will demonstrate our innovation capacity based on the Group’s expertise, which harmonizing with local community, in order for the new station to become a base for hydrogen society development in Kyushu.”

*Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone is one of “International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zones”, designated by the Government of Japan. “Green Asia Special Zone” aims to development of eco-friendly products, and establishment of next-generation bases for recycling, utilizing adjacency of Fukuoka, and Kitakyushu, to Asia.

Image: Filling ceremony for FCV. From the left: CEO of Air Liquide Japan Shiro Yahara, Hiroshi Ogawa Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture

Air Liquide in Japan

Established in 1907 in Japan, 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

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 at least 20% compared with internal combustion vehicles and don’t produce any fine particles.

For more information about Air Liquide, please visit https://www.airliquide.com.