Development of Technologies for Hydrogen Refueling Stations
The goal of this project is to achieve the global dissemination of fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) as quickly as possible by pursuing research and development related to ultrahigh pressure hydrogen technology (i.e. technology for safely and inexpensively manufacturing, storing, and transporting hydrogen with a pressure approximately 1,000 times higher than atmospheric pressure) used for hydrogen refueling stations and other applications, with an eye to resolving issues expected to arise as FCVs become more popular. To achieve the above goal, technology is being developed that contributes to the promotion of regulatory reviews based on the Regulatory Reform Implementation Plan, as well as to a reduction in the maintenance and operational costs of hydrogen refueling stations. In addition, to ensure the international competitiveness of FCVs, this project includes research and development on global harmonization of regulations, international standardization, and other issues, including quality control methods for high-pressure hydrogen tanks for vehicles, and hydrogen for refueling. More specifically, this project involves carrying out the below research and development items.
Research and development item (1) Development of technology related to optimization of domestic regulations
This item involves conducting necessary research and development related to areas (e.g., metal-material hydrogen-characteristic criteria, risk assessment-related equipment configuration considerations) newly identified in the Regulatory Reform Implementation Plan.
Research and development item (2) Development of technology related to cost reductions for hydrogen refueling stations
In anticipation of the full-scale dissemination of independent hydrogen refueling stations starting in 2025, this item aims to establish technology that contributes to a reduction in the maintenance and operational costs of hydrogen refueling stations, (e.g., macromolecule technology that supports high-pressure hydrogen, electrochemical pumps, and equipment-packaging considerations).
Research and development item (3) Research and development related to international expansion and standardization
The goal of this item is to gain an understanding of trends in foreign policies, markets, research and development, and international harmonization, including trends at the International Organization for Standardization, the International Energy Agency, the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, as well as the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles Global Technical Regulation.
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