Fuel cells are helping reinvent Japan’s energy structure

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Japan continues to turn to hydrogen to remake its future Japan is working to reinvent its energy structure. These efforts began in earnest following the devastating 2011 earthquake that struck the Fukushima Prefecture. The quake triggered a serious nuclear crisis, which led the Japanese government to shut down the majority of the country’s nuclear power facilities for a time. Now, Japan is working to embrace renewable energy, particularly hydrogen fuel cells, in order to become more self-sufficient and to combat the potential impact of climate change in the future. Clean…

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Japan to relax regulations focused on hydrogen fuel stations

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Agency will be reworking regulations in order to support the growth of hydrogen infrastructure The Japanese government will be relaxing regulations concerning the development of new hydrogen fuel stations. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will be overseeing the endeavor, which aims to make it easier for new fueling stations to be built. New hydrogen fuel stations are meant to provide support for fuel cell vehicles, which are becoming more common throughout Japan as consumers become more interested in clean transportation. These stations will also help Japan accomplish its goals…

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New hydrogen fuel stations from Honda are coming to Japan

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Honda will be building new hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan beginning in 2018 Honda has announced plans to develop a new type of hydrogen fuel station that will be installed throughout Japan beginning next year. The automaker will be working with local governments in order to deploy approximately 100 of these new stations by 2020. These new stations are meant to provide strong support for fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to become more common in Japan in the coming years. The stations will also contribute to Japan’s overarching plans…

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Hydrogen fuel delivery service is coming to Japan

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Hitachi and Marubeni are launching a new delivery project Residents of Japan will soon be able to have hydrogen delivered directly to their homes. Hitachi Ltd. and Marubeni Corp. have entered into a new partnership to launch an ambitious new project. The project aims to tap into the growing demand for hydrogen fuel. Some of this demand is coming from homeowners, many of whom have come to rely on fuel cell systems. These systems generate electricity that they need, but they also generate thermal power that can be used to…

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New smart town in Japan may make use of hydrogen fuel cells

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Panasonic announces plans to help develop second of Japan’s smart towns Panasonic has announced plans to develop a second smart city in Japan. The announcement was made at the IFA 2017 conference in Germany. The project, called Tsunashima SST, is meant to be developed in Yokohama and will help serve as an economic force in the region. The new smart city is the second that Panasonic has been helping develop, with the first being the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town , also near Yokohama. Hydrogen fuel cells may see some use…

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Toyota to deliver trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells to Seven-Eleven Japan

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New trucks designed by Toyota will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells Japanese automaker has announced that it has formed a new partnership with convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan. Through this partnership, Toyota will be providing the retailer with fuel cell trucks. The trucks will be used to transport products from Seven-Eleven delivery centers to the company’s stores. The partnership is part of an effort to show further support for clean transportation, particularly where hydrogen fuel cells are concerned. Companies plan to begin testing new trucks in 2019 Toyota will…

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Toyota seeks to establish a hydrogen society

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Automaker has plans to help build a hydrogen society Japanese automaker Toyota is poised to take hydrogen fuel more seriously in the coming years. The Toyota Mobility Foundation has announced plans to launch a project focused on developing a hydrogen society. Through this project, the organization aims to develop hydrogen-powered communities. Such communities would use fuel cells to generate the electricity they need. These communities would also be populated with vehicles equipped with fuel cells, which produce no harmful emissions. New project aims to reduce the cost of fuel cells…

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Toyota launches new hydrogen fuel supply chain project in Japan

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Automaker announces the launch of its new hydrogen fuel project Japanese automaker Toyota has announced the beginning of its Low-carbon Hydrogen Technology Demonstration Project. The project has been formed by Toyota and several of its partners and aims to implement and evaluate an efficient hydrogen fuel supply chain. This supply chain would be reliant on renewable energy and would provide hydrogen fuel for various purposes in Japan. The project is also meant to highlight the capabilities of fuel cell technology and how it can be used to power a wide…

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Japanese companies come together in support of hydrogen fuel

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Partnership of companies intends to establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure Several Japanese companies have come together in order to develop a large-scale hydrogen fuel infrastructure. These companies intend to support the launch of fuel cell vehicles, which all of Japan’s major automakers intend to produce in the coming years. Beyond transportation, hydrogen fuel is set to play a major role in Japan’s future, as the country intends to establish a kind of hydrogen society. As such, the country aims to produce a significant portion of its electrical power from…

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Automakers seek to help Japan establish a hydrogen society

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Nissan, Toyota, and Honda to work together to propel the development of a hydrogen society in Japan Japan’s three largest automakers are planning to work together in order to help the country establish a functioning hydrogen society. Toyota, Nissan, and Honda will be using funds supplied from the Development Bank of Japan in order to build a working hydrogen network. This network is meant to supply hydrogen fuel to new vehicles and those making use of fuel cell energy systems. Clean transportation is the primary focus on the endeavor, with…

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Norway aims to help Japan build a hydrogen society

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Norway and Australia are looking to provide Japan with hydrogen fuel Norway and Australia are competing with one another to provide the fuel needed for Japan’s efforts to establish a hydrogen society. Japan is working to transition away from conventional forms of energy in favor of using hydrogen fuel cells. These fuel cells are meant to be used to power vehicles, homes, and businesses and can operate without producing any harmful emissions. In order for a hydrogen society to take form in Japan, the country must have reliable access to…

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Japan to support the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells in transportation

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Japan aims to bring more fuel cell vehicles to the roads Japan has ambitious plans for the future of clean transportation. Clean vehicles have been establishing a strong presence throughout the country for some time, but now Japan intends to show greater support for hydrogen fuel cells in an effort to make transportation more environmentally friendly. This aligns with Japan’s plans to establish a hydrogen society, which would derive much of its electricity from fuel cells. In the future, Japan will expand its use of hydrogen fuel cells, moving these…

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Japan to have a hydrogen society strategy in place by end of year

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A strategy to develop a hydrogen society will be in place by the end of 2017 Japan will have a definitive plan to establish a “hydrogen society” by the end of this year. A hydrogen society is one that will rely heavily on the use of fuel cells to generate electricity. These energy systems would replace conventional solutions and will not only produce electricity but heat as well. Additionally, such a society would rely on fuel cells to power vehicles, making transportation emissions free. Japan has been working toward embracing…

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Ballard teams with Toyota Tsusho to distribute hydrogen fuel cells in Japan

Toyota Tsusho to become a distributor of Ballard products in Japan Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has reached a distribution agreement with Toyota Tsusho Corporation. Per the agreement, Toyota Tsusho will become a distributor of Ballard’s fuel cell systems in japan. The distribution agreement will run through 2020. Ballard intends to hire an expatriate sales professional that will work with Toyota Tsusho to coordinate joint sales action strategies in Japan’s rapidly growing fuel cell market. Demand for hydrogen fuel cells is growing rapidly throughout Japan…

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Biogas may be the future of hydrogen fuel production

Using biogas from sewage plants may lead to a brighter future for hydrogen fuel cells The future of fuel cell vehicles may hinge on the availability of biogas. The concept of using biogas to produce hydrogen fuel is nothing new, but many had been skeptical of the process. The process involves taking advantage of the biogas generated at sewage plants. Biogas is produced at these facilities through the breakdown of organic material. In Japan, using biogas to produce hydrogen fuel has become an exciting reality. Japanese sewage plant is using…

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Toshiba to build Japan’s largest hydrogen fuel production system

Company to develop new hydrogen production system for inexpensive fuel and energy Toshiba Corporation has revealed plans to launch Japan’s largest hydrogen fuel production system, relying on new alkaline water electrolysis technology. The endeavor aims to enable the production of inexpensive, high volume production of hydrogen, thereby making it more accessible to those interested in using fuel cells to generate electricity. Once completed, the new system will be able to produce enough hydrogen in one hour to power two vehicles equipped with fuel cells. Toshiba has managed to create an…

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