Saturday, April 20, 2013

No. 707: A gas station to supply gasoline and hydrogen (April 19, 2013)

Business trend:
JX Nippon Oil andEnergy opened a gas station that supplies both gasoline for gasoline vehicles and hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles for the first time in Japan. This gas station does not have equipment to charge for hydrogen, and it is used for a substantiative joint project by the company and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). A special tank truck delivers high pressure hydrogen to the station. Through the repetition of filling hydrogen to demonstrative fuel cell vehicles, the project team examines the problems with downsizing the system.

Hydrogen is easy to transport and store besides being a highly efficient energy source. Toyota and Honda are scheduled to put fuel cell vehicles on the market in 2015, and JX Nippon Oil and Energy plans to open 40 gas stations of the same kind by 2015. The company wishes to accumulate practical accomplishments of safety operation of the dual supply system and establish the hydrogen supply business at an early date. 

A station that supplies gasoline and hydrogen

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