New facility to develop hydrogen refueling technology for large vehicles Opens(大型車への水素充填技術開発へ)

Drone footage shows the newly completed Fukushima Hydrogen Refueling Technology Research Center, front, and the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture(完成した福島水素充填技術研究センター(手前)。奥は福島水素エネルギー研究フィールド=福島県浪江町(ドローン撮影))

 The Fukushima Hydrogen Refueling Technology Research Center, a facility developed by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), has opened in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture.
 The center will begin developing and inspecting hydrogen refueling and measuring technologies for large hydrogen-powered vehicles this spring. It will be the first project of its kind in Japan.


 While there are international standards for measuring and refueling hydrogen-powered passenger cars, there are no such standards for large trucks, ships and trains with large fuel tanks. Therefore, NEDO intends to implement a five-year plan to develop technologies to quickly and safely refuel and measure hydrogen and try to establish a standard. The total project is expected to cost about \5 billion.


 The center has equipment that can refuel a vehicle with 80 kilograms of hydrogen in about 10 minutes, three times as fast as those currently being used. The center will use hydrogen produced at the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field, a hydrogen production research facility adjacent to the center.


 "To have large vehicles utilize hydrogen, which is key to realizing a hydrogen society, we need international standards," said an official at NEDO. "We will gather data through tests in Namie so we can move forward with discussions with overseas research institutions."

( Translated by The Japan News )


 【 2022年12月13日付・福島民友新聞掲載 】