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Japan's hydrogen fueling network expands to gas stations

Eneos chips away at key hurdle for fuel cell cars as regulations ease

An Eneos hydrogen station in Tokyo: Eased regulations will enable hydrogen pumps to be set up at existing gas stations.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are moving to expand the country's still-nascent hydrogen fueling infrastructure, taking advantage of recent deregulation as Tokyo positions the fuel as central to its pivot away from carbon.

Eneos Holdings, Japan's largest oil distributor, will install hydrogen pumps at existing gas stations -- a first for the nation, according to the company. The effort will begin in the spring of 2022 with a total of two stations, in Kanagawa and Aichi prefectures. The company envisions this as a new business opportunity for its 13,000 Eneos-branded gas stations across the country.

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