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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Fukushima could become a major hydrogen fuel production center for Japan

Japan is looking to make Fukushima a leading power in hydrogen production Japan intends to turn its Fukushima Prefecture into a major hydrogen production center. Fukushima was home to one of the worst nuclear disasters in human history, following the impact of a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami in early 2011. The disaster caused Japan to re-evaluate its support of nuclear power, with the government showing more support for other forms of energy, such as fuel cells. Over the past five years, Fukushima has recovered well from its ordeal and…

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Japanese companies to come together to develop comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Automakers and energy companies to work with one another to build new fueling stations Japan’s leading automakers and energy firms may team together to expand the country’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Japan is currently home to one of the largest hydrogen infrastructures in the world and has become a very attractive clean transportation market. For fuel cell vehicles to find success, however, the country’s infrastructure must be further expanded. Prominent companies have been working to expand the infrastructure for some time, but new partnerships may accelerate the development of new hydrogen…

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New hydrogen fuel station opens in Tokyo

Air Products and NPSE launch their first hydrogen station in Tokyo Air Products and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Pipeline & Engineering (NPSE) have successfully brought their first hydrogen fuel station in Tokyo online. In February of 2014, both companies agreed to work with one another to develop Japan’s hydrogen market. The country is currently home to one of the most attractive clean transportation and renewable energy markets in the world and the demand for hydrogen fuel cells has been growing aggressively over the past few years. Developing the market is…

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Renewable hydrogen fuel production to begin in Fukushima, Japan

Fukushima and Tokyo to investigate ways to use wind and solar power to produce hydrogen Renewable hydrogen fuel production is about to kick off in Japan. Tokyo and the Fukushima Prefecture have signed an agreement that involves research ways to produce hydrogen through the use of renewable energy. The hydrogen produced through this endeavor will be used to generate electrical power during the 2020 Olympic Games. Hydrogen fuel has become a very important forces for the Japanese government, which is working to rely more heavily on clean energy and distance…

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New power plant to add momentum to the growth of the Japan hydrogen fuel market

Obayashi and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to use hydrogen to provide power to Kobe Japanese companies Obayashi and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have plans to generate a portion of the power needed in Kobe, Japan, using hydrogen fuel in 2018. This project represents the first time hydrogen will be used to generate electricity on this scale, highlighting the growing popularity of hydrogen as a source for renewable energy. In recent years, the auto industry has become one of the strongest supporters of hydrogen fuel cells. Now, however, these energy systems are beginning…

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Japan’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure to swell as more fuel cell vehicles hit the road

Japan to work to bring more fuel cell vehicles to the road in the coming years Japan may soon become the largest market for fuel cell vehicles in the world. The government has plans to support clean transportation more aggressively in the near future, bringing fuel cell vehicles to the forefront of the market. Both Toyota and Honda, the country’s largest automakers, are bringing their new fuel cell vehicles to the country and these companies are also investing in the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Number of fuel…

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Companies may join together to build new hydrogen fuel tanks in Japan

Hexagon Lincoln and Mitsui & Co. consider partnership to develop new fuel tanks for clean vehicles Manufacturer Hexagon Lincoln has announced that it will be teaming with Mitsui & Co., a trade company based in Japan, to study the viability of launching a joint venture that would be meant to produce new hydrogen fuel tanks in Japan. The joint venture could become quite valuable to the auto industry, which has become more interested in clean vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells to provide them with the power that they need…

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Japan aims to bring more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the road

Government wants to increase the number of fuel cell vehicles available to consumers The Japanese government wants to increase the number of fuel cell vehicles on the roads by a considerable margin in the coming years in an effort to push clean transportation. Currently, Japan is home to approximately 500 vehicles that are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which produce no harmful emissions. These vehicles are considered more efficient than those making use of lithium-ion batteries, as they can be fueled in a matter of minutes and can travel for…

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Honda delivers first production model of its new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

First model of FCV Clarity has been delivered in Japan The next generation of Honda’s Clarity has begun, with the automaker delivering the first model of its FCV Clarity in Japan. The vehicle has been delivered to the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Honda believes that the new vehicle will help establish a hydrogen society in Japan, where fuel cells are expected to become a very prominent source of electrical power in the coming years. The Japanese government has been investing heavily in fuel cell technology, as well as…

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Japan to build 320 hydrogen fuel stations by 2025

Japanese government is expanding the country’s hydrogen infrastructure Japan is on track to significantly expand its hydrogen fuel infrastructure over the next few years. The country has plans to establish a hydrogen society, where fuel cells provide a considerable amount of the country’s energy, especially what is needed in the transportation space. The Japanese government has shown considerable support for fuel cell vehicles, which require a hydrogen infrastructure in order to find success among consumers. As automakers begin to bring their fuel cell vehicles to Japan, the need for hydrogen…

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Toyota aims to produce hydrogen fuel using wind energy

Toyota launches new hydrogen production project in Japan Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it has partnered with the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki, as well as the prefectural Kanagawa government, for a hydrogen production project. The project aims to further expand Japan’s growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure and address one of the major criticisms currently facing fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles have yet to become popular in Japan due to lacking infrastructure, but Toyota, as well as other organizations, intend to change this in the coming years. Wind energy will…

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Iwatani to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Japan

Iwatani and other companies will work to expand Japan’s hydrogen infrastructure Japanese manufacturer Iwatani has announced plans to expand its network of hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan. Over the next year, the company will account for 30 hydrogen stations, which will be located in several cities throughout Japan. Iwatani is not the only company that is building hydrogen stations in the country. JX Nippon Oil & Energy is also working to expand the country’s hydrogen infrastructure in order to support the adoption of clean transportation among consumers and businesses alike….

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Honda launches its latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan

The new Clarity Fuel Cell is now available in Japan Honda has officially launched its new fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, in Japan. The vehicle is available for lease in the country, with price tag of $67,000. Honda expects that it will sell only 200 units of the vehicle in the first year that it is available, all of which are likely to be leased through government agencies, such as the Environment Ministry. Honda has plans to release the new Clarity in California later this year for the…

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