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Japan plans for fuel cell ’Silicon Valley’
Fuel Cells, Dec 30 2010 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- The prefectural government of Yamanashi, Japan, would like its region to have an official 'special fuel-cell district' status, according to reports in Japanese news service Yominuri Shimbun.
If this is agreed, this would involve easing regulatory restrictions on fuel cell vehicles on public highways, which usually apply in Japan under a 'High Pressure Gas Safety Law'. Also hydrogen filling stations would be installed along the Chuo Expressway and vehicles would be able to undergo testing driving long distance along the highway.
If the special status is agreed, regulations for fuel cell stations would also be eased - currently regulations state that filling stations must be shut down for 10 days every year for safety checks, and filling stations must be over 6m away from the highway.
Yamanashi University has a fuel cell research centre, which opened in 2009.