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Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Japan H2 Mobility, a Company for Development of Hydrogen Stations, Established Eleven companies to collaborate in accelerating the development of hydrogen stations

Aiming to promote development of environments for the accelerated dissemination of fuel-cell vehicles (FCV), 11 companies, including hydrogen station operating businesses, automobile manufacturers, and financial investors, jointly established Japan H2 Mobility (JHyM), a new company with the mission of full-fledged development of hydrogen stations. Establishing this company will contribute to specifying a framework for accelerating the development of hydrogen stations, and the new company is expected to lead the acceleration of developing such stations and ensure steadier business management. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), as well as this company, will accelerate initiatives for strategic development of hydrogen stations.

1. Background

METI has been advancing efforts for the realization of a hydrogen-based society. As efforts for accelerating the dissemination of FCVs, METI aims to establish approximately 160 hydrogen stations for commercial purposes by FY2020 and approximately 320 such stations by FY2025, according to the goals set in the Basic Hydrogen Strategy (approved by the Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues on December 26, 2017) and the Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (revised on March 22, 2016).

The earliest phase of dissemination of FCVs requires strategic installation of hydrogen stations to effectively and efficiently support the creation of demand for FCVs. To this end, the Basic Hydrogen Strategy requires the government and private sectors to study a new framework to ensure the final completion of those necessary stations. The Basic Hydrogen Strategy states that from the end of FY2017, the government should effectively advance the optimal location for construction of hydrogen stations according to simulated demand and other data, placing a new hydrogen station operating company at the core of the plan and reducing initial investment burdens on the company by encouraging a variety of players to participate in this project.

2. Purpose and specific efforts of the new company

As mentioned above, a new company called “Japan H2 Mobility (JHyM)” was established for full-fledged development of hydrogen stations. The company will engage in the strategic development and effective operation of hydrogen stations, thereby aiming to create a virtuous cycle of hydrogen station development, from improvement of the user friendliness of FCVs, to an increase in the number of FCVs, autonomous management of hydrogen station business, and to further development of hydrogen stations.

Specific efforts that the new company will engage in are as follows.

(1) Strategic development of hydrogen stations

  • The company will develop 80 hydrogen station units in the first four-year phase of the intended ten-year business-operation period and will aim to further increase the demand for such stations.
  • It will broadly call for new participants in the company so as to ensure the achievement of the target number of units to be constructed.
  • It will formulate a plan for developing hydrogen stations and develop environments across Japan in which people have access to FCVs.

(2) Contribution to effective operation of hydrogen stations

  • It will improve the user friendliness of FCVs.
  • It will strive to reduce costs incurred for hydrogen stations and revise regulations involving such stations.

3. Future actions

The new company is expected to play a core role in accelerating the future development of hydrogen stations under the framework of All-Japan initiatives. METI considers it important to encourage necessary efforts to accelerate the development of hydrogen stations by placing the new company at the core so as to accomplish a world-leading hydrogen-powered society. To this end, METI will strongly promote three “pillars” of development: regulatory reform, technical development and strategic development of hydrogen stations.

Release date

March 5, 2018

Division in Charge

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Efficiency 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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