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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyCompilation of the Revised Version of the Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

For the purpose of revising the Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, which was formulated in June 2014, the Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, consisting of experts from industry, academia, and government, has continued discussions since 2015. On March 22, 2016, the Council released a revised version of the Roadmap including new goals and specific explanations of efforts to be made.

1. Background and purpose

The Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, formulated in June 2014, stipulates that efforts among industry, academia, and government will be promoted by taking three steps, namely the dramatic expansion of hydrogen utilization, the full-fledged introduction of hydrogen power generation / establishment of a large-scale hydrogen supply system, and the establishment of a totally carbon dioxide-free hydrogen supply system, toward the realization of a hydrogen society.
In light of recent circumstances, in which various efforts have been advanced since the formulation of the Road Map, including the increased dissemination of fuel cells for households, the launch of fuel cell vehicles onto the market, and steady progress in the construction of hydrogen stations, the Council revised the contents of the Roadmap, set new targets, and specified efforts to be made.

2. Highlights of the revision

(1) The future price targets for household fuel cells were clarified.

  • PEFC (polymer electrolyte fuel cells): 800 thousand yen by 2019
  • SOFC (solid oxide fuel cells): one million yen by 2021

(2) Targets for the dissemination of fuel cell vehicles were set.

  • About 40 thousand vehicles by 2020, about 200 thousand vehicles by 2025, and about 800 thousand vehicles by 2030, in total

(3) Targets for the construction of hydrogen stations were set.

  • About 160 stations by 2020 and about 320 stations by 2025

(4) Descriptions concerning hydrogen power generation were fleshed out.

(5) Concerning the utilization of hydrogen generated using renewable energy, it was decided that technical and economic challenges would be discussed.

Release date

March 22, 2016

Division in Charge

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Promotion Office,
Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Related Information

Renewable Energy

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