Hydrogen station

A hydrogen station is a storage or filling station for hydrogen. The hydrogen is dispensed by weight.[1][2] There are two filling pressures in common use. H70 or 700 bar, and the older standard H35 or 350 bar.[citation needed]

Hydrogen fueling pump

Hydrogen filling stations by region and countryEdit

A global map of hydrogen filling stations is available.[3]


In 2019, there were 178 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[4]


Hydrogen station in Ariake, Tokyo

In 2019, there were 114 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[4]

Japan built hydrogen filling stations under the JHFC project from 2002 to 2010 to test various technologies of hydrogen generation.[5] By the end of 2012 there were 17 hydrogen stations.[6] A task force led by Yuriko Koike, Japan's former environment minister, and supported by the country's Liberal Democratic Party, was set up in 2016 to oversee the process of building new hydrogen stations.[7]


By the end of 2020, China had built 118 hydrogen refueling stations.[8]

South KoreaEdit

In 2019, there were 33 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[4] https://cnevpost.com/2021/07/01/china-has-built-118-hydrogen-refueling-stations/

As of 2018, approximately 18,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) had been produced in Korea (domestic demand: 9,000 vehicles).[9]


In 2019, there were 177 stations in Europe and 43 under construction.[4][10][11]


As of June 2020, there are 84 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation and 21 under construction.[10]


As of June 2020, there are 5 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation and 2 under construction.[10]


As of June 2020, there are 3 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[10]


As of June 2020, there is one publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[10]


As of June 2020, there are 4 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation and 3 under construction.[10]


As of June 2020, there are 6 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation and 1 under construction.[10]


As of June 2020, there are 2 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[10]


As of June 2021, there are 2 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation, both in the Oslo area.[12] Since the explosion at the hydrogen filling station in Sandvika in June 2019, the sale of hydrogen cars in Norway has halted.[13]


As of June 2020, there are 4 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation.[10]


As of June 2020, there are 3 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation and 4 under construction.[10]

United KingdomEdit

As of June 2020, there are 11 publicly available hydrogen fuel stations in operation and 1 under construction.[10]

In 2011 the first public hydrogen station opened in Swindon.[14] In 2014 the London Hatton Cross station opened.[15] In 2015, the London Hydrogen Network Expansion project opened the first supermarket-located hydrogen refuelling station at Sainsbury's in Hendon.[16]

North AmericaEdit


In 2018, Shell Canada launched an initiative to build hydrogen fueling stations starting with the first in Vancouver.[17]

United StatesEdit

As of January 2021, there were 45 publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations in the US, 43 of which were located in California.[18]

  • Arizona: A prototype hydrogen fuelling station was built in compliance with all of the prevailing safety, environmental and building codes in Phoenix to demonstrate that such fuelling stations could be built in urban areas.[19][20] As of January 2021, no publicly accessible stations were in operation in Arizona.[18]
  • Connecticut. As of January 2021, one publicly accessible station was in operation in Connecticut.[18]
  • Hawaii opened its first hydrogen station at Hickam in 2009.[24][25] In 2012, the Aloha Motor Company opened a hydrogen station in Honolulu.[26] As of January 2021, however, only one publicly accessible station was in operation in Hawaii.[18]
  • Massachusetts: The French company Air Liquide completed construction of a new hydrogen fuelling station in Mansfield, Massachusetts in October 2018, one of four stations they built as part of an expansion of the hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in the Northeastern U.S.[27] The only other hydrogen fuelling station in Massachusetts is located at the Billerica, Massachusetts headquarters of fuel cell manufacturer Nuvera.[28] As of January 2021, no publicly accessible stations were in operation in Massachusetts.[18]
  • Ohio: A hydrogen filling station opened in 2007 on the campus of The Ohio State University at the Center for Automotive Research. This station is the only one in Ohio.[31] As of January 2021, no publicly accessible stations were in operation in Ohio.[18]
  • Vermont: A hydrogen station was built in 2004 in Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The project was partially funded through the United States Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Program.[32] As of January 2021, no publicly accessible stations were in operation in Vermont.[18]



In March 2021, the first Australian publicly available hydrogen fuel station opened in Canberra operated by ActewAGL.[33]

Delivery methodsEdit

Hydrogen recharging stations can be divided into off-site stations and on-site stations depending on how they supply hydrogen to vehicles (whether they produce their own hydrogen or not). Hydrogen recharging stations that have been built across Korea at the moment are mostly off-site (tube trailer-type) stations.[citation needed]

Sort Method
Off-site hydrogen recharging station

(Hydrogen supplied from an external source)

Hydrogen supplied from an external source

Hydrogen produced from a plant is supplied via pipelines, tube trailers, etc.

On-site hydrogen recharging station

(Hydrogen produced directly at the station)

Hydrogen produced by extracting (reforming) natural gas, electrolysis, etc. at the recharging station

Types of recharging stationsEdit

Hydrogen highwayEdit

A hydrogen highway is a chain of hydrogen-equipped filling stations and other infrastructure along a road or highway. Italy and Germany are collaborating to build a hydrogen highway between Mantua in northern Italy and Munich in southern Germany.[citation needed]

Home hydrogen fueling stationEdit

Home hydrogen fueling stations are available to consumers.[34][35][36][37]

Solar powered water electrolysing hydrogen home stations are composed of solar cells, power converter, water purifier, electrolyzer, piping, hydrogen purifier,[38] oxygen purifier, compressor,[39] pressure vessels[40] and a hydrogen outlet.[41]

Daily recharging capacityEdit

Currently, the hydrogen recharging stations built by Hyundai Motor Group can recharge up to 70 Hyundai Nexo[42] vehicles per day, assuming that the station is open for 14 hours daily.[43] However, hydrogen recharging stations without high-pressure (900bar) storage tanks may require some additional downtime to repressurize the hydrogen in its recharging system if they refuel too many vehicles in a day.[citation needed]



As of 2019, 98% of hydrogen is produced by steam methane reforming, which emits carbon dioxide.[44] The bulk of hydrogen is also transported to fueling stations in trucks, so pollution is also emitted in its transportation.[45]


Hydrogen fuel is hazardous because of its low ignition energy, high combustion energy, and because it easily leaks from tanks.[46] Explosions at hydrogen filling stations have been reported.[47]


Hydrogen fuelling stations generally receive deliveries by truck from hydrogen suppliers. An interruption at a hydrogen supply facility can shut down multiple hydrogen fuelling stations due to an interruption of the supply of hydrogen.[48]


There are far fewer Hydrogen filling stations than gasoline fuel stations, which in the US alone numbered 168,000 in 2004[49] and generated revenues of US$536 billion in 2014.[50] According to Joe Romm's book The Hype About Hydrogen (2004), replacing the gasoline infrastructure with hydrogen fuel infrastructure would cost a half trillion U.S. dollars.[51] According to NREL, a hydrogen fueling station costs between $1 million and $4 million to build.[52]

See alsoEdit


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