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Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Private Businesses Start Discussions on New Collaboration for Full-fledged Development of Hydrogen Stations Discussions on the establishment of a joint venture company aiming for strategic development of hydrogen stations

Aiming to promote the development of environments for the accelerated dissemination of fuel-cell vehicles (FCV), 11 companies, including hydrogen station operating businesses, automobile manufactures, and financial institutes, concluded a memorandum for launching discussions on collaboration for full-fledged development of hydrogen stations. This effort has marked a significant step toward starting discussions on the preparation for the “Basic Strategies toward the realization of a hydrogen-powered society”, a goal based on directive of the Prime Minister. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will also strive to accelerate its efforts so as to accomplish the strategic development of hydrogen stations.

1. Background

METI has been advancing efforts for the realization of a hydrogen-powered society. As efforts for accelerating the dissemination of FCVs, the target is raised to establish approximately 160 hydrogen stations for commercial purposes by FY2020 and a total of approximately 320 such stations by FY2025, based on the goals set in the Japan Revitalization Strategy 2016 (approved by the Cabinet on June 2, 2016) and the Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (revised on March 22, 2016).

Meanwhile, the earliest phase of dissemination of FCVs requires strategic installation of hydrogen stations in order to effectively and efficiently create the demand for FCVs. To this end, the roadmap requires that public and private sectors study a new framework to achieve such installations.

Moreover, at the First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Other Resources, Prime Minister Abe instructed other ministers to formulate Basic Strategies by the end of 2017 under which ministries and agencies of the government of Japan can unite their efforts for achieving a hydrogen-powered society and also to establish a framework under which efforts for developing hydrogen stations are accelerated, as a major pillar of the strategies.

2. Discussions on new collaboration between businesses concerning the development of hydrogen stations

11 companies, including infrastructure businesses that develop and operate hydrogen stations, automobile manufacturers, and financial institutes, concluded a memorandum under which the companies will collaborate under the framework of All-Japan Initiatives in order to accelerate discussions on full-fledged development of hydrogen stations in the early phases of FCV dissemination efforts.

Specifically, the memorandum stipulates that: the participating companies will aim to steadily accelerate the dissemination of FCVs and make businesses involving hydrogen stations autonomous as soon as possible, and that to this end, within their respective roles, they will discuss collaboration in advancing the development of hydrogen stations in a harmonious way, aiming to establish a new company by the end of 2017.

*Note: Roles of participating companies

  • Infrastructure businesses: Development and operation of hydrogen stations
  • Automobile manufacturers: Accelerated dissemination of FCVs, supporting operation of hydrogen stations in the early phases of FCV dissemination efforts
  • Financial institutes, etc.: Supporting businesses with financing, etc.

3. Future actions

The efforts of these private businesses in starting discussions to establish new collaboration efforts marks a significant step to discussions for the preparation of Basic Strategies toward the realization of a hydrogen-powered society, a goal based on the directive of the Prime Minister. METI will also strive to promote necessary efforts to accelerate the dissemination of FCVs so as to accomplish a world-leading hydrogen-powered society.

Release date

May 19, 2017

Division in Charge

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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