Air Products, NSPE Develop Hydrogen Fueling Market in Japan

Air Products, an industrial gases company and supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment, has jointly constructed and placed online its first hydrogen fueling station in Tokyo with Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering Co. Ltd. (NSPE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd.

JX Nippon Oil & Energy, one of Japan’s largest developers of hydrogen fueling stations, contracted with NSPE to supply the station.

According to Air Products, the two companies signed an agreement in February 2014 to work together on the up-and-coming hydrogen fueling market in Japan. Under the agreement, Air Products and NSPE are developing another station in Hokkaido, Japan, coming online in September.

The Tokyo location uses Air Products’ SmartFuel hydrogen fueling station technology and fueling protocol license, providing hydrogen fueling at 70 Mpa (10,000 psi), according to the Japan Petroleum Energy Center S0003. It is also SAE fueling protocol capable, the company says.

Air Products provided infrastructure engineering and design, while NSPE provided construction and adapted the technology for the Japanese market.

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