Eneos has expanded domestic hydrogen sales for fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs), using renewable energy sources including solar and biomass.

The company sells the green hydrogen combined with LPG-derived hydrogen for $11/kg at its Yokohama retail outlet. The green hydrogen is created by the station’s solar panels and the company’s 74.9MW Muroran biomass power facility in Hokkaido.

Eneos began producing hydrogen from LPG in March 2016 at its hydrogen production delivery center near to its 270,000 b/d Negishi refinery, helping Japan reach its 200,000 FCV target by 2025 and 800,000 by 2030.

Eneos also provides solar-generated green hydrogen for FCVs in Tokyo. The company struck a contract with Yamanashi prefecture last month to obtain 600Nm3 of hydrogen between July and September.

The government plans to build 320 hydrogen refueling stations by 2025 and 900 by 2030. In June, Eneos had 46 domestic hydrogen stations, or 30% of the country’s total.

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