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First biomass-based hydrogen demonstration project in Japan

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Air Products is part of a consortium that took part in the inaugural ceremony of the Shikaoi Hydrogen Farm, a hydrogen production supply facility derived from livestock biomass waste located in Hokkaido, Japan. Air Products provided its hydrogen fuelling technology for this project as part of the company's collaboration with NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN Pipeline & Engineering Co. Ltd. to develop the retail automotive hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in Japan. In addition, Air Products has provided its proprietary membrane technology for the biogas purification process.

"We are honoured to not only provide our SmartFuel® hydrogen fuelling technology, but also our PRISM® membrane technology, to support this integrated and renewable hydrogen supply chain capability," said Ed Kiczek, global business director?Hydrogen Energy Systems, at Air Products. "This innovative project represents the second hydrogen fuelling station that we have successfully constructed and delivered with NSPE in the Japanese market, and we look forward to collaborating with them on many more."

The Shikaoi Hydrogen Farm utilises agricultural wastes which are anaerobically digested to create a supply of raw biogas. This biogas is upgraded to a purified supply of biomethane using Air Products' PRISM PB Membrane separators. The biomethane is then used as a feedstock to manufacture renewable hydrogen onsite, which generates heat, power and vehicle fuel. This is the first facility in Japan to use agricultural wastes as the source to manufacture hydrogen.

The Shikaoi Hydrogen Farm is a five year business project entrusted by the Ministry of the Environment in Japan for low carbon hydrogen technology. The project demonstrates an integrated hydrogen energy-based supply chain, leveraging local renewable energy sources for hydrogen generation, storage, transportation and use. The hydrogen is returned to local livestock farmers and neighbouring facilities as a source of renewable energy and fuel. Hokkaido's first hydrogen-vehicle fuelling station is installed at the farm, which delivers fuel to hydrogen-powered vehicles and forklifts. Additional companies contributing to the project are Air Water Inc. and Kajima Corporation.

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