Japan, known for its commitment to decarbonization and embracing cutting-edge technologies, has taken another significant step towards its sustainable energy future with the establishment of the first commercial hydrogen refuelling station using AEM electrolysis in Asia.
Enapter AG, a leading electrolyser manufacturer, collaborated with Tokyo Gas, one of Asia’s largest gas companies, to deliver 30 AEM EL 2.1 electrolysers and 15 DRY 2.1 dryers for the “Senjyu” hydrogen refuelling station in Tokyo, Japan. This groundbreaking initiative aims to produce hydrogen on-site to refuel vehicles and drive Japan’s ambitious efforts in promoting clean transportation and achieving environmental goals.
The partnership between Enapter AG and Tokyo Gas marks a milestone in Japan’s drive to decarbonize its economy and society. The “Senjyu” station showcases the potential of AEM (Anion Exchange Membrane) electrolysis technology in producing high-purity hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles. This innovation is a crucial step towards establishing a robust hydrogen infrastructure and supporting the country’s vision of installing 1,000 hydrogen filling stations for fuel cell vehicles by 2030.
Enapter’s AEM EL 2.1 electrolysers, renowned for their efficiency and reliability, play a pivotal role in generating hydrogen on-site at the refuelling station. The generated hydrogen undergoes purification using DRY 2.1 dryers, ensuring that the hydrogen meets the purity standards required for fuel cell applications.
Japan’s ambitious decarbonization roadmap includes the phasing out of new vehicles with pure combustion engines by 2035, making way for a transition to electric vehicles. Hydrogen vehicles, powered by fuel cells, form a vital component of this transition, offering a clean and sustainable alternative for transportation.
Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of Enapter, acknowledges the pioneering role that Japan plays in expanding renewable energies and its commitment to a hydrogen economy. The collaboration with Tokyo Gas opens up vast opportunities for the utilization of hydrogen in various sectors, reinforcing Japan’s position as an international leader in adopting hydrogen technologies.
The successful completion of the “Senjyu” station is just the beginning of a promising journey towards a hydrogen-powered future in Japan. Enapter, Tokyo Gas, and their integration partner, Inabata & Co, plan to explore additional projects and expand the use of hydrogen in diverse applications. As Japan invests significantly in renewable energy expansion, hydrogen will play a pivotal role in achieving environmental goals and reducing carbon emissions.