Energy / Climate Change

December 29, 2006


Japan's First Hydrogen Refueling Station at a Retail Gas Station Begins Safety Verification

Keywords: Non-manufacturing industry Renewable Energy 

On October 10, 2006, Idemitsu Kosan Co., a major Japanese oil company, announced that it has built Japan's first hydrogen refueling station, attached to a gas station, in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, under the "Establishment of Codes & Standards for Hydrogen Economy Society" project operated by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO,) with the aim of collecting and providing data to validate its safety and safety measures.

The station produces 50 Nm3 of hydrogen per hour by the steam reforming reaction, and can fill five passenger cars continuously or one bus at a pressure of 25 MPa or 35 MPa. It is also designed to increase hydrogen consumption and extend the run length by supplying hydrogen gas to its own hydrogen generator as fuel, in addition to fuel-cell vehicles. This arrangement allows the company to collect long-term and consecutive running data for the station and to validate its durability and safety improvements.

The company opened the station on December 4, 2006 and began to study the safety of the technology standing on a new code and standards and cumulate the data for further deregulation, which will continue until March 2009.

Posted: 2006/12/29 12:12:13 PM
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