Osaka Gas to build two hydrogen stations for fuel-cell cars


Osaka Gas Co. will establish by the end of fiscal 2015 two stations to supply hydrogen to fuel-cell vehicles, President Hiroshi Ozaki said.

Osaka Gas will help promote the environmentally friendly vehicles by setting up fueling stations that will extract hydrogen from gas the company supplies to urban areas through its pipeline network, according to Ozaki.

One of the two stations is already under construction in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, with its opening slated for next spring.

Osaka Gas has also developed equipment that uses liquefied petroleum gas to produce hydrogen.

Hydrogen stations won’t become profitable without the proliferation of fuel-cell vehicles, Ozaki said, and his company will base decisions about building future stations on sales of the vehicles, which emit only water.