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Wind and geothermal power to help produce hydrogen fuel in Fukushima, Japan

Tokyo skyscrapers with view to Mt. Fuji (source: Morio, creative commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
Alexander Richter 8 Mar 2016

The Japanese government plans large projects for wind and geothermal power generation in Fukushima Prefecture to help produce hydrogen fuel for fuel cell cars to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Japanese government has announced plans for a program that would promote wind and geothermal power generation in Fukushima Prefecture to produce hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles.

The hydrogen would then be transported to the capital area of Tokyo and could provide fuel for fuel cell vehicles to be used around the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

“Aiming to produce massive quantities of hydrogen that can drive a total of 10,000 fuel cell vehicles, the program will call for constructing large-scale electrolysis equipment in the prefecture that bore the brunt of the catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The government is considering the acquisition of machines from domestic businesses such as Asahi Kasei Corp. and Hitachi Zosen, and companies from Germany that are heavily involved in hydrogen use, the officials said.”

It will be interesting how this will play out.

Source: Japan Times