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METI Approves a Type of Tank Manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation - To meet Global Technical Regulation (GTR) on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles -

Effective on May 18, 2015, pursuant to the High Pressure Gas Safety Act, METI approves a type of tank which is manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation and meets "global technical regulation (GTR) on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles" (hereinafter referred to as "GTR").

This approval enables the company to launch the tanks into the market, inspecting and stamping them pursuant to the High Pressure Gas Safety Act, as long as they are within the range of approved types of tanks, which is expected to contribute to improvements in efficiency and other aspects of the company's production of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

Under the High Pressure Gas Safety Act, METI has revised various technical regulations, aiming at launching full-fledged dissemination of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen filling stations on the premise of the assured safety of fuel cell vehicles.

Effective on May 30, 2014, METI revised the Safety Regulations for Containers (Ministry of International Trade and Industry Ordinance No. 50 of 1966) pursuant to the High Pressure Gas Safety Act (Act No. 204 of 1951) and Public Notice for Details of the Indications and Methods for Container Re-inspection (Ministry of International Trade and Industry Public Notice No. 150 of 1997) pursuant to the Safety Regulations for Containers, in order to incorporate the GTR into domestic law.

Effective on March 23, 2015, Toyota Motor Corporation was registered as a tank manufacturer which manufactures tanks meeting the GTR (tanks for international use in compressed hydrogen vehicle fuel systems), pursuant to the High Pressure Gas Safety Act.

Regarding the approval of this type of tank for international use in compressed hydrogen vehicle fuel systems, Toyota Motor Corporation submitted an application to the METI Chubu Kinki Industrial Safety and Inspection Department, and METI approved the application by Toyota Motor Corporation, effective on May 18, 2015.

This approval enables Toyota Motor Corporation to launch the tanks into the market for tanks for international use in compressed hydrogen vehicle fuel systems by inspecting and stamping the tanks pursuant to the High Pressure Gas Safety Act without inspections by the High Pressure Gas Safety Institution of Japan, which is expected to contribute to improvements in efficiency and other aspects of the company's production of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

Reference

1. Key features of GTR and efforts made by Japan are as follows.

  1. Internationally, based on the Agreement Concerning the Establishing of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be Fitted and/or be Used on Wheeled Vehicles (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Notice No. 474 of 2000, hereinafter referred to as the 1998 Agreement), which was formulated in Geneva in 1998, the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) started working to formulate global technical regulation, and the regulation was adopted on June 27, 2013.
  2. Regarding the GTR, Japan is the first country in the world that has incorporated them into domestic law. After this, the contracting parties to the 1998 Agreement may also incorporate these regulations as shared regulations, and the harmonization of vehicle regulations is expected.

    [Contracting parties to the 1998 Agreement (35)]
    Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, China, Cyprus, EU, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America

  3. The maximum fuelling pressure at hydrogen stations is 87.5 MPa (or approx. 860 atm), (at approx. 85°C).
  4. The expected lifetime of the tanks is 15 years.

Release date

May 18, 2015

Division in Charge

High Pressure Gas Safety Office, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

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