Japan and Germany are both once again putting the pedal to the metal in regard to building more hydrogen fueling stations by 2015. This is the rollout date agree to by all of the major automakers for their commercial hydrogen fuel cell cars.
According to Fuel Cell Today (courtesy Nikkei), “The Nikkei reports that JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. plans to open 40 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2015, when automakers will launch commercial fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). In January 2011, thirteen automakers and energy companies signed up to a target of 100 hydrogen refuelling stations in Japan by 2015.
“JX Energy has a 30% share in Japan’s gasoline station market and intends to lead in infrastructure for FCEV. It currently operates three of Japan’s ten demonstration hydrogen stations. In February, it will open two hydrogen refuelling facilities at existing gas stations. These test sites will be used to determine efficient operation methods.”
And now switching gears to Germany a Chinese online energy news source is reporting, “Building up a refueling station network for fuel cell electric vehicles is taking on a concrete form. The current partners in the H2 Mobility initiative (Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell, and Total) are working on implementing a business model to build up a nationwide hydrogen refueling station network in Germany …
“…In the currently launched third phase of preparations initiative partners are negotiating the foundation of a joint corporate entity to implement the business model and invest in building up the infrastructure.”
So, in Japan and Germany the building of a nationwide hydrogen refueling infrastructure is moving full steam ahead. In other countries, however, the steam is more like a trickle.