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Strategy for Developing Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Technologies Formulated

September 18, 2019

As an effort for the realization of a hydrogen-based society, the Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells studied the Basic Hydrogen Strategy (formulated in December 2017), the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan (formulated in July 2018), the Tokyo Statement released at the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting (held in October 2018) and other information, and used the information to revise the New Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in March 2019.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the council formulated a Strategy for Developing Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Technologies, which is a policy that stipulates specific approaches to developing technologies toward the achievement of field-based goals set in the roadmap.

1. Background and purpose

In June 2019, METI and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) held a week-long conference titled “Conference on Evaluations and Future Challenges for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects” and participants had a variety of interactions aimed at the vitalization of technological development across all public and private sectors including discussions on topics such as evaluations of NEDO-led R&D projects and presentations by users on potential demand and cultivation of new technical seeds. Taking into consideration the challenges and circumstances involving technological development in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cells which were identified at the conference, the council formulated the Strategy for Developing Hydrogen and Fuel-Cell Technologies, which is a policy that stipulates approaches to developing technologies of highest priority for Japan. METI and NEDO will strive to further encourage businesses to advance technological development under the strategy in order to achieve the goals set in the roadmap.

2. Key points of the strategy

The strategy sets the following two goals toward the realization of a hydrogen-powered society: [i] identify three fields and ten related priority areas for Japan in technological development; and [ii] strive to continuously engage in evaluating technological development projects, creating linkages between areas of demand and technical seeds and enhancing collaboration with overseas countries.

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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