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World’s Largest-Class Hydrogen Producing Base Using Renewable Energy to Start in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) to Open

February 13, 2020

 Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) will start operation in March 2020. This is the world’s largest-class facility for producing hydrogen derived from renewable energy, the construction of which has been advanced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) under their technical demonstration project. Using this facility, they will advance a technical demonstration targeting a new technical approach, called “Power-to-Gas,” in which excess electricity, which is expected to be generated as more and more renewable energy is introduced, is converted to hydrogen, which is then stored and utilized.

In addition, METI and NEDO will strive to enhance efforts for realizing a hydrogen-based society by taking advantage of hydrogen produced at the facility in a variety of opportunities, e.g., in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and in Fukushima Prefecture. As the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has already released, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will make use of hydrogen as fuel for the fire of the Olympic cauldron and some Olympic relay torches, which is the first such effort in the history of the Olympic Games. Some of the hydrogen used for the Olympic proceedings will be produced at FH2R.

Prior to the official start of operations at the facility, on March 7 (Sat.), 2020, METI and NEDO will hold an opening ceremony in celebration.

1. Overview

The production of hydrogen is a key technology towards decarbonization in energy systems, because hydrogen can be produced from renewable energy and used without emitting carbon dioxide. Taking this into consideration a variety of efforts ranging from hydrogen production to its utilization are advancing globally.

Against this backdrop, METI and NEDO established a technical demonstration project and have been advancing the construction of FH2R which contains the world’s largest-class hydrogen generator capable of inputting 10MW of electricity. The facility will start operation as its construction was completed. Prior to starting the operation of the facility, they will hold an opening ceremony celebrating the start of the operation on March 7 (Sat.), 2020.

2. Purpose

At FH2R, METI and NEDO will conduct a demonstration for “Power-to-Gas,” a new technical approach in which excess electricity, which is expected to be generated as more and more renewable energy is introduced, is converted to hydrogen which is then stored and utilized.

Japan will make use of the hydrogen produced at the facility as fuel for fuel cell vehicles and other devices in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and through this effort, and to demonstrate its technical prowess to the rest of the world. Moreover, as the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has already announced, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will make use of hydrogen as fuel for the fire of the Olympic cauldron andsome Olympic relay torches, which is the first such effort in the history of the Olympic Games.  Some of the hydrogen used for the Olympic proceedings will be produced at FH2R.

Furthermore, under the Fukushima Plan for a New Energy Society, which was formulated in September 2016, we will expand the utilization of hydrogen to a wide variety of fields, mainly in Fukushima Prefecture.

Division in Charge

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