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An R&D and Social Implementation Plan for Hydrogen-related Projects Formulated

May 18, 2021

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has formulated an R&D and Social Implementation Plan that summarizes the contents of hydrogen-related projects that will be implemented using the Green Innovation Fund.

1. Background and purpose

Toward the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, METI has established a Green Innovation Fund at the level of 2 trillion yen under the FY2020 Tertiary Supplementary Budget and decided to assign the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to its operation. Based on specific goals shared by public and private sectors, the government will provide continuous support over the next ten years to companies and other organizations committed to take on challenge toward achieving the ambitious goals as one of the most critical business issues. The support will assist efforts ranging from research and development (R&D) through demonstrations to social implementation of the outcomes.
In order to ensure the proper and efficient execution of the fund, the Green Innovation Project Committee under the Industrial Structure Council finalized the Fund Allocation Policy for Each Field. Based on this policy, field-specific working groups established under the Committee deliberate on issues such as the priority and appropriateness of the amount to be implemented by the fund for each project. Then, the divisions and offices in charge of the project at the responsible ministries formulate the contents of each project as an "R&D and Social Implementation Plan," and start calling for applicants.
Today, METI formulated an R&D and Social Implementation Plan for hydrogen-related projects based on discussions at the Working Group on the Field of Energy Structure Transformation and the public opinions that were submitted.

2. Main contents of the R&D and Social Implementation Plan for hydrogen-related projects

(1) R&D and Social Implementation Plan for the project named "Large-scale Hydrogen Supply Chain Establishment"

(2) R&D and Social Implementation Plan for the project named "Hydrogen Production through Water Electrolysis Using Power from Renewables."

3. Future schedule

From today, NEDO has started calling for applicants for hydrogen-related projects. For more information, please see METI's press release "Call for Operators for Hydrogen-Related Projects Starts."

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"Large-scale Hydrogen Supply Chain Establishment" Project

"Hydrogen Production through Water Electrolysis Using Power from Renewables" Project

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