Toshiba and Iwatani aim to build a hydrogen supply chain for Japan

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Companies come together to expand access to hydrogen fuel Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has launched a new demonstration project to establish a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain. The company has partnered with the Iwatani Corporation for this new initiative. A hydrogen production facility based in the Hokkaido Prefecture is at the heart of the new project. The facility produces a relatively small amount of hydrogen by drawing electricity from a local hydropower plant, which was constructed by Toshiba. New facility will be providing hydrogen to Toyota as well as…

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Toyota Sora is now being sold in Japan

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Toyota begins selling its new hydrogen-powered bus in Japan Japanese automaker Toyota has begun the production and sale of its new hydrogen-powered bus, called Sora. The bus has only been launched in Japan and there are just over 100 units currently available. Sora buses are expected to operate primarily within Tokyo and may even see significant use during the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held in the city. The Toyota Sora uses the same fuel cell technology that is currently being used to power the automaker’s Mirai model. Bus…

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Japan’s hydrogen economy could make use of Australian natural gas

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Australian natural gas may soon make its way to Japan Australia’s natural gas could play a major role in establishing Japan’s hydrogen economy. Japan has been a major customer for the country’s natural gas for several years and has been using natural gas in its endeavor to abandon fossil-fuels in order to become fully reliant on renewable power. Woodside Petroleum believes that Australia’s natural gas will become a valuable resource for Japan, with the country using the gas to produce the hydrogen fuel it needs. Woodside Petroleum sees significant potential…

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New project in Brunei could help build Japan’s hydrogen society

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New project will deliver hydrogen fuel to Japan The Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD) has announced that it will begin delivering hydrogen fuel to Japan. AHEAD is comprised of four Japanese companies that have an interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The hydrogen that will be delivered to Japan will be sourced from the small island nation of Brunei in the South China Sea. This supply is meant to help Japan make progress in its efforts to establish a functioning hydrogen society. Facility expected to…

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Toyota brings buses equipped with fuel cells to Japan

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Automaker has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus Toyota has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus, called the Sora, in Japan. The bus is the first of its kind to receive vehicle-type certification in the country. Toyota previously revealed its plans to have no less than 100 new fuel cell buses on the roads of Tokyo by the time of the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be hosted by the city. The bus will serve alongside other fuel cell vehicles that will be used to transports athletes and attendees during…

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New hydrogen fuel appliance coming to Japan

New Hydrogen Fuel Appliacne Coming to Japan

US and Japan team to provide homeowners with one of the world’s first hydrogen fuel appliances The United States Department of Energy and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization have announced a new collaborative effort focused on hydrogen fuel cell technology. The collaboration aims to accelerate research and development efforts, with both organizations sharing the data they have collected concerning fuel cells and their safety. Per the collaboration, the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell and Technologies Office has rewarded $1 million to SimpleFuel, which will be exporting…

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Japanese companies aim to help build a hydrogen society

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Japan’s hydrogen society is beginning to take form A consortium of 11 companies have come together to help Japan realize its vision of establishing a hydrogen society. The consortium is now drawing attention to what it believes to a new investment opportunity. The opportunity involves jump-starting the construction of a comprehensive hydrogen network throughout Japan. The idea is to have investors share startup costs in order to mitigate financial risk. The problem, however, is that investing in the endeavor will be quite costly and whether or not investors will see…

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Toyota deploys new forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel at its Motomachi Plant

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New hydrogen-powered forklifts have been deployed at the Motomachi Plant Japanese automaker Toyota has begun to ramp up its use of hydrogen fuel cells at its Motomachi Plant in the Aichi Prefecture. The company has deployed 20 new forklifts at the plant, each equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has also built a new hydrogen station at the Motomachi Plant, which will provide the forklifts with the fuel they need to operate. The new forklifts will join two similar models that were first introduced to the facility in January of…

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New hydrogen production plant may help Fukushima recover from its past disasters

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New hydrogen project has been launched in the Fukushima Prefecture A new hydrogen production facility is set to be built in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. The project is backed by the Japanese government and involves several companies, including Toshiba and Tohoku Electric Power. The government hopes that the new project will help revitalize the earthquake stricken province, which is still struggling to recover from the impact of major quakes, one of which caused a major nuclear disaster. The Japanese government notes that the new production facility will be one of the…

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Japanese companies launch venture to build more hydrogen fuel stations

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Hydrogen wins more support from Japanese companies A coalition of 11 Japanese companies have come together vowing to build 80 new hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan by 2022. The alliance is comprised of automakers and energy firms, as well as several other companies interested in clean transportation. The companies have launched Japan H2 Mobility. The joint venture has strong backing from Toyota and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy. The new company would be responsible for the construction and operation of new fueling stations that it builds. Government continues efforts to…

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Japan continues efforts to embrace hydrogen fuel

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Japan is working to build a hydrogen society The Japanese government is working to move forward with its plans to establish a functioning hydrogen society. The country has become heavily invested in hydrogen fuel in recent years, hoping to distance itself from fossil-fuels and make more use of clean energy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now calling for both the public and private sectors to come together and promote the use of hydrogen fuel for energy and transportation. Cost of hydrogen may drop significantly by 2050 One of the government’s…

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Trains powered by fuel cells now being tested in Japan

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New trains are being put to the test in Japan Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute has begun testing new trains powered by hydrogen. The new trains represent the potential future if Japan’s railway system. The country has been working to make the transportation space more environmentally friendly for some time. By revolutionizing its railway system, the Japanese government believes that it will be able to make significant cuts to emissions. Hydrogen fuel cells have, thus far, established themselves as a favorite among organizations involved in clean transportation. Trains make use…

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New company aims to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Japan

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Collaborative company seeks to build more fueling stations throughout Japan Eleven companies have agreed to come together to launch a new corporation that will be entirely focused on the development of new hydrogen fuel stations in Japan. This new corporation will be launched in the spring of 2018. If successful, it will help accelerate Japan’s efforts to establish a hydrogen society. The new stations developed by the company will support fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to become much more abundant in Japan in the coming years. Japan continues work…

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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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