NEDO, Tokyo Sign Agreement to Promote Use of Hydrogen Energy

2020/02/14 15:14
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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The ceremony to sign the agreement (source: NEDO)
Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) (source: NEDO)

New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Tokyo metropolitan government concluded a comprehensive agreement on the promotion of the use of hydrogen energy Jan 23, 2020.

They will collaborate to provide technical knowledge for policies of the government, more effectively transmit information and raise public awareness of the use of hydrogen energy.

As the first joint project based on the agreement, NEDO delivered a special lecture in the Hydrogen Energy Promotion Seminar, which the government had Jan 30, 2020. Though no specific future joint projects have been scheduled yet, they are planning to actively promote metropolitan citizens' understanding of the potential and advantages of the use of hydrogen by, for example, using solar-derived hydrogen produced in NEDO's demonstration project in Namie-machi (town), Fukushima Prefecture, for the government's events to promote the use of hydrogen energy.

In the "Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy" formulated at the end of 2019, the Tokyo metropolitan government showed its plan to use renewable energy-derived hydrogen as a main measure to realize a carbon-free society. NEDO will provide its technical knowledge accumulated through its related demonstration projects and technology development, and the government's policies will be considered by using the knowledge.

The term of the agreement is one year from Feb 1, 2020, and will be extended annually if there is no problem.

Also, NEDO is moving forward with the construction of the "Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R)" hydrogen energy system equipped with one of the world's largest hydrogen production facilities in Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, in cooperation with Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp, Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc and Iwatani Corp.

The FH2R will produce, store and supply up to about 900t of hydrogen per year with a hydrogen production unit having an output of up to 10MW by using an adjacent solar power generation (PV) system and a power grid. It is scheduled to be completed in early March 2020 and start full-scale operation in July 2020 after adjusting the operation of auxiliary machines.

In the demonstration test, NEDO will test an appropriate operation control by combining demand response and measures to balance the supply and demand of hydrogen in response to (1) machines with different operation periods and (2) demands with different timings, periods and amounts of input.