Toshiba to start demonstration project with Iwatani to establish low-carbon hydrogen supply chain in Hokkaido


Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has started a demonstration project in partnership with Iwatani Corporation in Kushiro city, Hokkaido Prefecture, at a hydrogen (H2) production facility.

The facility uses H2 produced from a small hydropower plant for establishing a H2 utilisation model suitable for the local characteristics of Hokkaido. This project is proceeding as a result of a proposal submitted to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment under the Ministry’s “Low-Carbon H2 Supply Chain Demonstration Project”.

For this project, Toshiba ESS has constructed a small hydropower plant at the Shoro Dam in Shiranuka town on Hokkaido’s Pacific coast. Electricity from the dam will be used to electrolyse water and separate H2 at the H2 production facility made by Toshiba ESS, which produces about 35Nm3 of H2 every hour.

The H2 will be transported by Iwatani to generate electricity with Toshiba ESS’s pure H2 fuel cell systems which were installed at dairy farms and indoor swimming pools in Shiranuka, welfare and health centre in Kushiro, and use as fuel for fuel cell-powered vehicles at Toyota Motor Corporation’s Shibetsu proving ground.

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