A consortium of Japanese companies have started construction on a large-scale hydrogen (H2) energy system in Namie-cho, Fukushima Prefecture.

Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) will operate a 10,000kW class H2 production facility that will start operation in 2020 after final tests to verify the technologies.

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), Toshiba Energy System & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS), Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. and Iwatani Corporation will continue to contribute to realise a H2 economy.

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Source: Iwatani Corporation

“Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is promoting adoption of H2. Its guiding policy statement ‘Basic H2 Strategy’ targets to industrialise the Power to Gas technology for storing surplus renewable energy.”

“The Power-to-gas utilising H2 requires not only the grid balancing function to make the maximum use of fluctuating renewable energy, but also the optimal system operation function based on the forecasting of H2 supply and demand.”

“Toshiba ESS, Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. and Iwatani Corporation, with the support of

NEDO, are undertaking research to promote greater use of renewable energy in the electricity grid, as a means to balance supply and demand and process load management, and aim to realise a new control system that optimises H2 production and supply with demand,” the consortium explained.

System structure

FH2R will produce and store up to 900 tonnes of H2 a year, using renewable energy. It will use a new control system to coordinate overall operation of the H2 energy system, the power grid control system, and the H2 demand forecast system, so as to optimise H2 production, H2 electricity generation and H2 gas supply.

The system will use H2 to offset grid loads, and deliver H2 to locations in Tohoku and beyond, and will seek to demonstrate the advantages of H2 as a solution in grid balancing and as a H2 gas supply. H2 will be transported in compressed H2 trailers ad be supplied to users.

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