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Formulation of a New Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

March 12, 2019

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

In order to ensure the achievement of the goals set forth in the Basic Hydrogen Strategy and the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan toward the realization of a hydrogen-based society, on March 12, 2019, the Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells renewed the existing Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The renewed roadmap defines: (i) new targets on the specification of basic technologies and the breakdown of costs; (ii) necessary measures for achieving these goals; and (iii) that Japan will convene a working group consisting of experts to review the status of implementation in each area stipulated by the roadmap.

1. Background and purpose

The Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells formulated the Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in 2014, and revised it in 2016.

Subsequently, hydrogen-related policy materials, namely, the Basic Hydrogen Strategy (December 2017), the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan (July 2018), and the Tokyo Statement (October 2018) were formulated and released. With the release of these additional materials, the council considered that the existing roadmap needed significant revision, and it undertook the current revision of the roadmap. Toward the achievement of goals set forth in this revised Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, industry, academia, and government will mutually cooperate to accelerate their efforts.

2. Highlights of the renewed roadmap

The renewed roadmap defines (i) new targets on the specification of basic technologies and the breakdown of costs, and necessary measures for achieving these goals, and (ii) that Japan will convene a working group consisting of experts to review the status of implementation in each area stipulated by the roadmap.

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Division in Charge

Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy