Osaka Gas is scheduled to start marketing equipment that produces hydrogen from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) using its self-developed catalyst within the year. It can produce 300 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour, amount of hydrogen for six fuel cell vehicles. It is priced at about 200 million yen. The company developed equipment to produce hydrogen from city gas last year. It plans to install these two kinds of equipment to 100 hydrogen stations across the country by 2025.
Currently, hydrogen is supplied to hydrogen stations after it is liquefied in the refinery. The equipment to be launched by Osaka Gas eliminates the necessity of installing a tank and arranging a special vehicle to transport liquefied hydrogen. Thereby, hydrogen will be cheaper. Currently, about 25 million households use LPG as household fuel. Osaka Gas will build its first gas station where this equipment in the spring of 2015. Japanese automakers are energetically developing fuel cell vehicles and the Japanese government is supporting infrastructure improvement for the spread of fuel cell vehicles.
The equipment to produce hydrogen
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