*The information here is as of the end of March 2011.

Iwatani Japan air gases Taiyo Nippon Sanso Nippon Steel KURITA Sinanen
Itochu Enex TOHO GAS OSAKA GAS The Kansai Electric Power JOMO

Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota started research and development of fuel cell vehicles in 1992 with the aim of developing zero-emission ecology cars. As a result of hybrid technology advancement, it is developing the world's leading fuel cell hybrid vehicle (FCHV) based on its own proprietary technology.

Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd.

Nissan will continue to develop innovative and creative technology for the future while introducing new products that are both friendly and protective of the environment, consistently striving for affordable and practical solutions. Nissan has been moving ahead with comprehensive environmental protection efforts, encompassing products, technologies and recycling activities, under the Nissan Green Program 2005, a medium-term environmental action plan. Nissan is engaged in wide-ranging research and development activities aimed at popularizing the use of FCVs, has been conducting public-road driving tests in Japan since 2002 using prototype FCVs approved by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and starts limited leasing of further-improved 2003 model two years ahead of its original program in 2003.

Honda Motor Co.,Ltd.

Honda has always believed that Fuel Cell vehicle may hold the ultimate promise for a clean and sustainable transportation future.
In 2008 Honda started to delivery “FCX Clarity” in Japan and USA.
In addition to its environmental performance, the new vehicle will be as fun to drive as any Honda. Also Honda has long been conducting research into hydrogen production and supplying system, including, Solar Powered Hydrogen Refueling Station that produce the hydrogen with water-electrolyzing for a hydrogen-based society to the future.

Mercedes-Benz Japan Co.,Ltd.

DaimlerChrysler started research, development and testing of fuel cell technology in 1991. Its purpose is to achieve maintainable mobility based on environment-friendly vehicle technology. In 1994 it introduced the world's first fuel cell vehicle NECAR1 (new electric car). Since then it has introduced numerous concept cars to prove the technological feasibility of its innovative drive system using fuel cell batteries. Starting in 1997 it has been conducting highway running and marketing in Japan. In 2001 its NECAR5 was qualified as the first functional fuel cell vehicle by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Japan. NECAR5, which has already been tested on highways, is playing an important role in DaimlerChrysler's fuel cell initiative.

General Motors Japan Ltd.

GM is the world's first automaker to start R&D on fuel cell vehicles and presented the world's first drivable FCV in 1968. GM intensified its fuel cell R&D efforts over 10 years ago and has since been developing new generations of FCVs based on in-house developed polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) FC technology. In September 2006, GM presented the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle powered by GM's 4th generation stack. GM has deployed more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles in the U.S.,Europe and Asia, making it the largest fuel cell electric vehicle fleet to date. Vehicles are being driven by a wide range of customers, businesses, government agencies, celebrities and media as part of Project Driveway.
On 11th in September 2009, Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles passed 1 million miles with no gasoline and tailpipe pollution. It means more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline have been saved by this project.

Hino Motors,Ltd.

Hino Motors is addressing the endless challenge of offering "performance with respect for environment." It is trying to make the step from being the leading vendor of ordinary trucks to becoming a supplier of trucks and buses of all types. For achievement of an enhanced and comfortable global environment, it intends to create new values in a wide range of fields including transportation, communication, technology, living and leisure as an enterprise that provides user-friendliness. A commercial-vehicle maker of the Toyota group, Hino Motors is continuing its efforts to develop sophisticated technology keeping up with the changing demands of the age and to create environment-friendly products of quality for the future.

Suzuki Motor Corporation

To offer environment-friendly, clean vehicles, Suzuki has been pushing forward with the research and development of fuel cell technology. In a joint development alliance with General Motors, Suzuki will develop fuel cell vehicles by utilizing its compact-car manufacturing expertise.

Mazda Motor Corporation

At Mazda, we are serious about our responsibility to develop cars aimed at an eco-friendly future society and energy network. As we work to advance the establishment of such a society, we remain dedicated to managing Mazda’s characteristic values.
Consequently, we are moving forward with the development of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. In 1991, Mazda developed its first hydrogen-fuelled rotary engine vehicle, the HR-X. In 1995, we conducted Japan’s first public-road tests of a car powered by a hydrogen rotary engine, and in 2001, we conducted Japan’s first public-road tests of a fuel cell vehicle, the Premacy FC-EV. In October 2004, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE attained approval from the Japanese government to begin road trials, when it became the world’s first vehicle that can run on either gasoline or hydrogen fuel to be driven on public roads. In Japan, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE commercial lease plan was launched in 2006.
Mazda’s hydrogen fuel program surely took steps forward with launch of Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid in Japan under a commercial lease plan in 2009..

Cosmo Oil Co.,Ltd.

Cosmo Oil, which intends to become an integrated energy enterprise, is actively conducting research and development for practical utilization of new energy, although this is a company mainly concerned with the oil business. During its development of fixed fuel cell systems for home use, it succeeded in verifying the feasibility of its butane-fueled trial system in 2001. Currently, it is working to complete its oil-fueled trial system, which should become available for use in any home. Also, it is trying to develop gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology for natural gas, which shows promise for onboard processing. Cosmo Oil participated in a development project under the auspices of the Japan National Oil Corporation, and has been operating a trial plant using its own original catalyzer in Hokkaido since 2002. The result of this has been the successful production of Japan's first GTL oil.

Nippon Oil Corporation

As a group of companies conducting mainly oil business, the Nippon Oil group is continuing its efforts to establish and strengthen a consistent system which can be used throughout operations ranging from prospecting for oil and development of petroleum products to offering commodities and services satisfactory to customers. With stable energy supply and environmental problems in mind, this group is also addressing the challenges of various new-energy areas such as natural gas (LNG) handling, fuel cell development, electricity wholesaling (IPP), and wind-powered electricity generation. In February 2003 it started asking monitors in ordinary homes to test its household fuel cell batteries for the first time in the world. Nippon Oil Corporation is evolving toward becoming an integrated energy enterprise which far surpasses the scope of existing oil companies.

Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.

Showa Shell Sekiyu is the result of a 1985 merger between Showa Sekiyu, which started operating in 1931, and Shell Sekiyu, which belonged to the Royal Dutch Shell group and operated for more than a century in Japan. Showa Shell Sekiyu features a unique combination of Japanese and European/American enterprise cultures. It deals in gasoline, petroleum, light oil, heavy oil, naphtha, jet fuel, ship fuel, lubricant, asphalt, LPG, and other petroleum products. To meet the changing needs of the society, its central laboratory and peripheral facilities are conducting wide ranging research extending from basic research into petroleum products, non-petroleum products, new energy, fuel cells and environmental problems, to manufacture/development and technical service.

Tokyo Gas Co.,Ltd.

Tokyo Gas is supplying highly stable and environmentally safe natural gas to 10,000,000 customers in Tokyo through pipelines which total 51,000 km in length. It intends to make a contribution to the development of society as an "integrated energy enterprise" supplying both electricity and heat. In the 1980's it started development of fuel cells, which constitute potential applications for natural gas. It is already trying to raise on-site fuel cells for business to the level of practical usage. Recently it has been pushing forward with the development of a household cogeneration system which uses solid polymer fuel cells. In the field of transportation fuel, this company is trying to spread the use of natural-gas vehicles. Also it is trying to develop the technology for organizing a hydrogen supply infrastructure based on natural gas. This technology is intended to disseminate the use of fuel cell vehicles and promises well for the future.

Iwatani Corporation

Iwatani International has been concerned with hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles. It has been working with hydrogen for about 50 years and holds the leading share (40%) of the hydrogen market in Japan. The founder of this company, Naoji Iwatani (currently, the company's honorary president), believes that ultimate clean energy source is hydrogen. On the basis of this belief, in 1978 the company built Japan's first plant for production of commercial liquid hydrogen. It has obtained many satisfactory results and accumulated experiences by supplying liquid hydrogen to the H-1 rocket which was successfully launched in 1986, helping develop the liquid-hydrogen car at Musashi Institute of Technology, and successfully experimenting with the production of slush hydrogen. In addition, it has established its own plants network across the country, which includes 13 for hydrogen production and 120 for high-pressure gas filling, so that liquid-hydrogen can be supplied deliverly.

Japan Air Gases,Co. Air Liquide Japan, Ltd.

In January 2003, AIR LIQUID Japan, Ltd. and OSAKA SANSO KOGYO, Ltd. established Japan Air Gases Ltd. by integrating their businesses in the fields of industrial and medical gases for domestic use. The new company inherited from the two firms the results, experiences and know-how which they had acquired in the electronic, chemical, steel, nonferrous metal, metal processing, food, medical, biotechnology, space development, energy and other industries for the Japanese market. As the major player in the Japanese industrial and medical gas markets, the new company is offering world-class leading-edge solutions to meet the needs of customers using gas.

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

Gas Technology Partners of Diverse Industries Just as people need air to live, contemporary industries need a variety of industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and argon to keep growing. Taiyo Nippon Sanso provides solid support as a partner for a wide variety of industries including steel, chemical, electronics, automobile, construction, shipbuilding, and food.

Nippon Steel Corporation

A leading company in the steel industry, Nippon Steel has been playing a major role in the development of the Japanese economy by stable supply of high-quality steel products. With the comprehensive technology acquired through steel production and with various management resources, this company is now carrying out extensive activities such as engineering, city development and system solutions. In addition, it is actively working in energy supply, recycling and other new areas in order to meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated society. This company has experience in recovering hydrogen from by-product gas, and is actively working on national projects such as the Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell (JHFC) Demonstration Project and the Development of High-Efficiency Hydrogen Production Technology using Sensible Heat in Steelmaking Processes.

Kurita Water Industries Ltd.

An advanced management enterprise for water and the environment, Kurita Water Industries Ltd. has been extending its business from "water" to "water and the environment." To build the hydrogen energy society of the future, the company is preparing for the start of the energy business which will be part of the new environment business. Achieving this purpose involves the development of the hydrogen station (mobile) for fuel cell vehicles. The company has already developed an electricity generation system with fuel cells for prevention of disasters and put this system to practical use. It is now continuing development of the technology for solid polymer fuel cell cogeneration systems.

Sinanen Co.,Ltd.

Sinanen has been meeting household and industrial energy needs by supplying petroleum products and related commodities. These products include gasoline, petroleum, light oil and propane gas. Now the company is extending its business to the antibacterial zeolite field and to environment-related activities with the recycling of waste plastics and wood. To help build the hydrogen energy society of the twenty-first century, the company will organize the hydrogen supply infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles, and thereby contribute to preventing global warning and air pollution in public activities and transportation.

Itochu Enex Co.,Ltd.

Itochu Enex intends to realize a total energy management system which, by going far beyond the limits of the existing oil/gas energy supply, will enrich our society and individual lives. To achieve this aim, Itochu Enex is making research efforts for practical utilization of technologies in various fields. As part of its efforts, it has been carrying out burning tests on dimethyl ether (DME), which is drawing attention as a next-generation fuel with low environmental load. Also, it has been conducting various projects such as the "ESCO Project". These activities will result in diversification of energy menu for customers. Itochu Enex runs about 2,100 gas stations, 53 LPG stations and its proprietary CNG ecostations. Its affiliated firms are producing and selling industrial hydrogen. By accumulating expertise in various fields of activity, Itochu Enex is trying to take the lead in the "age of hydrogen energy", which is likely to become a reality in the near future.

Toho Gas Co.,Ltd.

Since its establishment in 1922 in cities around Nagoya, Toho Gas has been growing steadily as a city gas company that supplies the energy needs of urban life and industrial activities. In 1992, the company founded Japan's first Eco Station (Sakurada Eco Station, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya), creating a new application for natural gas. Since then, we have opened, and are currently managing, 24 compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations nationwide, which are our contribution to the popularization of natural gas vehicles. Based on this experience, we designed and constructed Japan's first natural gas reforming-type hydrogen refueling station in the Chubu region in October 2002, the first undertaking of its kind to be carried out independently by a private company. Since then, we have been moving ahead with the promotion of technical development related to the construction and operatio n of hydrogen refueling stations as we build up a track record in fuel cell vehicle (FCV) refueling operations.

Osaka Gas Co.,Ltd.

Osaka Gas has developed the compact hydrogen generator “HYSERVE” series, based on our catalyst technology cultivated for years. HYSERVE can produce highly-pure hydrogen on-site with simple operation at a low cost and has been introduced mainly as an industrial use. Osaka Gas will contribute to establish hydrogen infrastructure by utilization of this HYSERVE.

The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.

At the Kansai Electric Group, we have sought to fulfill our corporate mission of providing the best possible service to our customers by providing them with a steady supply of electricity while considering environmental problems and other issues such as living in harmony with the regions where we operate. We have been involved in this business for more than half a century since our establishment in 1951. As for hydrogen energy, we are also advancing research and development for practical use of innovative technological seeds, such as manufacturing technology, storing, transport or supply of hydrogen, looking at the hydrogen energy society in the future.

Japan Energy Corporation

Japan Energy is developing the business related to wide oil from oil Resource Development to the refinement, sales, the LP gas, the lubricant, and the petrochemistry as a core business company of the ore group of a new day. Especially, it stares at the energy in global environmental concerns and the future into which correspondence is hurried up, and the research and development and the proof examination in the new energy field including the fuel cell are advanced positively. The research of the fuel cell has worked since 1980's, and is advancing the installation of the fuel cell in the ordinary family through the fuel cell large scale proof business for fixation now. Moreover, "Organic Haidoraid technology" that can store and supply hydrogen safely in the form of the liquid is researched and developed. Japan Energy promotes the practical use of new energy that values particular communications of the mind, and brings the customer the highest smile and safety.

Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd.(Co-Operative Company)

Since the time it was established, Idemitsu Kosan has been pursuing "humanism" as its management philosophy and conducting customer-centered fuel business with its corporate efforts focused on winning the respect of the general public. Following that philosophy, it is actively addressing the challenges of solving environmental problems, saving energy and developing new technologies. To cope with environmental problems, it has pioneered the selling of low-benzene gasoline and is developing environment-conscious products. Also, it has been making aggressive efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 discharges through oil/gas cogeneration systems. To meet the needs of the future hydrogen society, it is trying to develop hydrogen production technologies and fuel cell products. Now these technologies and products are in the demonstration stage. Idemitsu Kosan will offer ideal energy solutions!