Japan aims for carbon-free hydrogen supply chain

Japan is to trial a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by renewable energy. Under the pilot project, wind power will be used to turn water into oxygen and hydrogen which will […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Japan is to trial a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by renewable energy.

Under the pilot project, wind power will be used to turn water into oxygen and hydrogen which will be stored for local use.

The trials, which will include both private and public companies, will take place near the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki in the Keihin coastal region.

Iwatani, Toshiba and Toyota are some of the firms participating in the project, which is also supported by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Hydrogen can be created using renewable energy sources, stored, transported and used at a later point with minimal environmental damages, Toyota stated.

The project is expected to start in 2016 and run for four years.

Toyota said in a statement: “According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, around 25 gigatones of carbon emissions come from using fossil fuels and heat generation in electricity and transportation.

“Realising the importance of taking on this challenge by establishing carbon-neutral supply chains across different sectors, from power generation to vehicle fueling, as soon as possible, major corporate and public sector partners in Japan have decided to work together.”