France’s Air Liquide partners with Itochu Corp to develop hydrogen mobility markets in Japan

On Friday, in a statement French industrial gas giant Air Liquide said, it has entered into a collaboration with Japan’s Itochu Corp, a trading house, to further develop the hydrogen mobility markets in Japan.

Initially, both companies will focus on the development of hydrogen retail infrastructure in Japan for both commercial and for passenger vehicles, including trucks and busses with the objective of expanding retail infrastructure and boost offerings of hydrogen supply, for passenger and commercial end-users, in collaboration with local authorities.

The development will help the ramping up of hydrogen mobility in Japan, said both companies.

In December 2020, the Japanese government had laid out a strategy revolving around green technology aimed at eliminating new gasoline-powered vehicles by the mid-2030s to help achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s October pledge to eliminate carbon emission on a net basis by the middle of the century.

The Japanese government’s goal includes a plan to boost its annual hydrogen demand to 3 million tons by 2030 from its current 2 million tons.

While currently, Japan uses hydrogen for mainly oil refining purposes as well as to produce ammonia for fertilizers, demand for the gas is expected surge once more industries and sectors, including power generation, buildings and transportation start using the fuel.

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