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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Residential hydrogen fuel cells coming to Japanese homes

Japan begins to support the concept of residential fuel cell systems for homeowners Japan is moving closer to becoming a hydrogen society. This means that the country is planning to rely more on hydrogen as a primary energy source as it continues to distance itself from fossil-fuels. The Japanese government has already begun heavily supporting fuel cell vehicles, and clean transportation in general, by building a hydrogen fuel infrastructure and offering consumers tax credit for purchasing clean vehicles. Now, the government wants to see fuel cells be used for residential…

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Japan introduces new standards to help fuel cell vehicles gain traction

Japanese government works to help overcome challenges that face clean transportation Japan is quickly becoming a leading market for fuel cell vehicles, despite the fact that these vehicles have not yet been commercially released. The government has been working to help the auto industry overcome the three main challenges that face fuel cell vehicles. The first challenge has to do with the actual cost of producing fuel cell vehicles, which is so high that most automakers expect to see financial losses by selling them. The other two challenges involve the…

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Japan’s solar energy capacity continues to show impressive growth

Report highlights the country’s growing solar power capacity Japan is becoming one of the world’s leading solar energy markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a report concerning the country’s growing solar power capacity. Over the past year, Japan’s solar capacity has increased significantly, partly due to the falling cost of photovoltaic technologies and the increased domestic production of these technologies. The government has also been funding the development of the solar energy sector throughout the country quite aggressively. More than 7 GW of solar capacity was…

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Solar energy continues to see success in Japan

Document highlights the progress that solar power has made in 2013 Solar energy has found major success in Japan thanks to support from the country’s government. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a new document that outlines the progress that the solar sector has made in 2013. The document highlights government incentives that have supported the adoption of solar power among homeowners and businesses alike. One of these incentives is the country’s solar feed-in tariff, which is considered one of the most aggressive energy initiatives in the…

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Solar energy capacity in Japan continues to grow

Solar capacity reaches new heights in Japan thanks to government initiatives Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a new report concerning the country’s installed solar energy capacity. Japan has become one of the most attractive solar markets in the world, largely due to its aggressive feed-in tariff. The feed-in tariff is based on a similar measure that had promoted the adoption of solar power in Germany. The German initiative had proven so successful that the government had to cut back on the tariff’s benefits or risk financial…

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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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Solar energy feed-in tariff in Japan set to receive changes

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Japanese solar energy tariff may be up for change Japan has adopted an aggressive stance on the matter of renewable energy. The country has been looking to break away not only from fossil-fuels in the past year but nuclear energy as well. Since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which sparked one of the worst nuclear crises that the world has seen since Chernobyl, Japan has been working to adopt other forms of renewable power. Solar energy is one of these renewable powers that has won support from the Japanese government and…

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Japan’s METI seeks support of new hydrogen production initiative

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METI looks for funds to develop hydrogen production system Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has requested more money from the government in order to develop a new hydrogen supply system. The agency is seeking $400 million in order to develop this system, which will produce hydrogen fuel that will be used for new vehicles. Japan is currently considered one of the most attractive markets for hydrogen transportation due to the country’s already robust infrastructure. METI believes that the infrastructure can be improved, however, through a new economically-friendly…

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Solar energy to become a major focus for Japan

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Japan turns to alternative energy after turning away from nuclear power As Japan continues to recover from the calamitous Fukushima disaster of last year, alternative energy may have a strong position in the country’s future. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan began pulling away from nuclear energy. Earlier this year, the government successfully shut down the last operating nuclear power facility in the country, ending Japan’s use of nuclear energy completely. To fill the gap left by its abandonment of nuclear power, Japan turned to hydrogen fuel cells….

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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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