Japan may become a valuable market for hydrogen fuel cells

Potential of hydrogen fuel cells is growing in Japan The potential of hydrogen fuel cells in Japan may soon come to a head. The country has been undergoing something of an energy revolution in recent years. Since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japan has been working to separate itself from nuclear energy. This is not a decidedly new trend, as the country has been reducing its use of nuclear power since 2002. Nuclear power had once accounted for the vast majority of the country’s energy capacity, but Japan’s last nuclear facility…

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Japan takes charge of building hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Japan Hydrogen Fuel Infrastructure

Hydrogen fuel continues to gain traction in transportation Hydrogen transportation has been considered more fantasy than reality for several years. This is partly due to the nature of fuel cells, which are both expensive and had once been considered grossly inefficient and unrealistic for the purposes of transportation. In recent years, however, the auto industry has been showing major support for hydrogen fuel. With many automakers planning to release hydrogen-powered vehicles in the near future, hydrogen transportation may soon emerge from the realm of science fiction and become one of…

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Hydrogen fuel infrastructure makes some progress in Japan

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Japan continues showing support for hydrogen fuel Japan has been a strong supporter of hydrogen fuel for some time. The country boasts of one of the largest hydrogen-based energy systems in the world, called the ENE-FARM. While Japan has shown strong support for hydrogen fuel, the country has not considered hydrogen as its most favored form of renewable energy, that honor being issued to solar energy. Nonetheless, hydrogen fuel has garnered significant traction throughout the country for its uses in transportation. As in other countries, however, the growth of hydrogen…

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Hydrogen fuel cells gain strong support in Japan

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Japan

Major oil company sets sights on hydrogen fuel JX Nippon Oil & Energy, one of the largest oil companies in the world, has adopted a new stance on energy in its native Japan. The company, which does business throughout the world, has been taking note of the rising interest in renewable energy coming from consumers in Japan. Much of this interest was sparked by the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which cause a severe nuclear crisis that caused Japan’s nuclear energy facilities to cease for some time. The void left by these…

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New hydrogen fuel cell catalyst manufacture facility to open in Japan

New Hydrogen Fuel Manufacture Facility Japan

Tanaka Precious Metals open new manufacturing and research and development facility for hydrogen fuel cell catalysts Tanaka Precious Metals, the world’s largest provider of catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will be building a new catalyst manufacturing facility in Japan. The demand for fuel cell catalysts is on the rise as interest in the energy systems becomes more prolific. The auto industry currently holds the most interest in hydrogen fuel cells due to their potential use in next generation vehicles. The new catalyst manufacturing facility is expected…

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Japan earthquake rekindles need to abandon nuclear energy

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  Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan A strong earthquake has rattled Japan once again. The quake’s epicenter was located off the northeastern shore of Japan, near Fukushima, where a similar quake sparked a major nuclear crisis that threatened to be worse than Chernobyl. According to the U.S> Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and generated a strong tsunami that washed into a region that had been decimated 2011’s much stronger quake. Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate ahead of the tsunami, but warnings…

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Japan announces abandonment of nuclear power

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Fukushima disaster has Japan reevaluate use of nuclear power Japan has shown healthy signs of recovery since last year’s disastrous earthquake-tsunami disaster. Economically, the country remains strong and stable. In terms of energy, however, the Japanese government has had to improvise in the wake of the disaster, which triggered a nuclear crisis that threatened to be worse than Chernobyl. The Fukushima disaster, as it is often called, caused the government to take a hard look at its use of nuclear energy. Japan to be nuclear free by 2030 In the…

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Hydrogen fuel cell funding in Japan tops $240 million

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Hydrogen energy in Japan seems to be gaining significant momentum as the government continues to throw its support behind the alternative energy. This week, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that hydrogen and fuel cell research funding in the company totals $240 for the current fiscal year. The announcement reflects the country’s long-standing favor for hydrogen fuel energy and other forms of renewable fuel. This love for hydrogen reached new highs in the months following last year’s earthquake and tsunami disasters that ravaged the country’s energy infrastructure. The…

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