Iwatani Corporation of America acquires four hydrogen stations in California

May 27, 2019. Iwatani Corp. of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based hydrogen supplier Iwatani Corp., recently acquired four hydrogen refueling stations in California from Messer (formerly Linde LLC).

   The retail stations, located in West Sacramento, Mountain View, San Ramon and San Juan Capistrano, are capable of supplying up to 350 kg of hydrogen per day, says Iwatani.

   The acquisition marks Iwatani’s entry into the U.S. hydrogen refueling station market and expands the company’s global network to 30. Iwatani currently supplies 26 hydrogen refueling stations in Japan, as well as industrial customers, via three liquid and 10 gaseous hydrogen production plants throughout the country.

   Mineharu Okamoto, president of Iwatani Corporation of America, commented: “The four California stations are the first of a series of stations intended by Iwatani for deployment in the western part of the United States. Iwatani is committed to continuously improving the customers’ experience and a number of upgrades are planned for the acquired stations. Our multi-year development program is aligned with plans by automakers and the state of California to extend the hydrogen supply chain infrastructure and make fuel cell electric vehicles available to consumers in the expanding U.S. market.”