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.

“I’m excited that Toshiba will contribute to providing more comprehensive hydrogen solutions, encompassing all processes from the production to utilisation of H2 in Hokkaido,” said Hiroyuki Ota, General Manager of the New Energy Solutions Project Team at Toshiba ESS. “As a leader in developing integrated systems for using H2, I’m sure that our environmentally friendly H2 solutions will contribute to a low-carbon future.”

Manabu Tsuyoshi, General Manager of the Hydrogen Gas department at Iwatani, added, “We will play an important role in expanding the use of H2 energy based on our technology to transport, store and supply H2, and our know-how on the construction and operation of H2 stations.”