Mazda Motor has opened, with government approval, a hydrogen fueling station near Mazda’s global headquarters in Hiroshima. It is the first hydrogen filling station in the Chugoku region of western Japan.
The facility supplies fuel to both the hydrogen engine test facility and the Mazda hydrogen rotary vehicles currently under development and testing for commercial use (earlier post). Mazda’s goal is to sell hydrogen vehicles to public entities and corporations in Japan within two years.
High-pressure hydrogen gas—supplied by an outside contractor—is stored at about 200 bar (2,900 psi) in compressed hydrogen gas tanks and further pressurized to 350 bar (5,000 psi) for delivery to vehicles. The filling station supports the refueling of up to 10 vehicles per day.