Japan aims to establish a society based on hydrogen fuelOctober 23, 2015
Country is working to embrace hydrogen as a primary form of power
Japan has plans to establish a hydrogen society, or one where hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technology is at the heart of energy production. This has been a concept of interest for the country for some time, since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Following a massive earthquake, a nuclear crisis was triggered that brought many of the country’s nuclear energy facilities offline, even those that had not been affected by the quake. Since then, Japan has been looking for alternatives to nuclear power that are considered safer.
Companies are working together to establish a hydrogen infrastructure
The Japanese government has been working with various companies in order to establish a hydrogen society. Two of these companies, Toyota and Iwatani, have begun working together to establish an expansive hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the country. This infrastructure is needed to support the growing number of fuel cell vehicles coming to Japan, but this infrastructure will also ensure that fuel cells being used in other industries have access to the fuel they need. Such an infrastructure will support Japan’s plans for the 2020 Olympic Games, as well.
2020 Olympics will be powered by hydrogen fuel
The Olympics will be hosted in Tokyo in 2020, and the Japanese government is working on building the Olympic Village, which will serve as the temporary home for athletes participating in the event while also serve as a destination for those visiting Tokyo for the Games. The Olympic Village will serve as an example of what a hydrogen society could be, as it will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. These energy systems will provide the electricity needed to power various buildings and fuel cells will also be used to power vehicles that will be transporting athletes and foreign dignitaries.
Tokyo is aggressively supporting clean transportation
Tokyo alone has committed more than $300 million in promoting hydrogen fuel as an alternative to conventional forms of power. The city is also offering residents incentives to purchase fuel cell vehicles, with some $20,000 being offered per vehicle purchased. This is expected to significantly cut down on the costs associated with these vehicles, making them more attractive to consumers interested in clean transportation.