The government is taking significant steps towards the commercialization of hydrogen produced at the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture. This move is part of the ambitious Fukushima Plan for a New Energy Society, which aims to revitalize the region and establish a sustainable hydrogen supply chain.
The FH2R facility, one of the largest hydrogen production sites globally, commenced operations in 2020. Now, the government, along with the Fukushima prefectural government and other stakeholders, is officially considering the commercialization of hydrogen from this facility, with a target to begin in fiscal year 2026.
The primary objective of establishing a hydrogen supply chain is to ensure the stable and widespread availability of this clean energy source. Currently, FH2R is engaged in a demonstration project focused on stabilizing hydrogen supply. The successful implementation of this project paves the way for moving towards full-scale hydrogen supply and commercialization.
To support the commercialization process, the government will conduct in-depth studies on the necessary support measures. These measures will encompass various aspects, including the review of the operating entity responsible for the hydrogen production facility. Additionally, discussions will be accelerated to address key issues and challenges related to commercialization.
The Fukushima Plan goes beyond hydrogen production and emphasizes the exploration of new transportation options powered by hydrogen, in addition to existing fuel cell vehicles. This commitment to diversifying transportation technologies aligns with the broader goal of reducing carbon emissions and fostering sustainable mobility.
Moreover, the plan includes the promotion of research and development of perovskite solar cells, a promising technology for next-generation solar power generation. Originating in Japan, these advanced solar cells offer high efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The plan also considers their early adoption in public facilities within the Fukushima prefecture, further contributing to the region’s energy transition.
The commercialization of hydrogen from the FH2R facility holds great potential for the Fukushima Prefecture and the wider hydrogen industry in Japan. It not only accelerates the realization of a clean and sustainable energy society but also serves as a symbol of Fukushima’s recovery and resilience following the 2011 nuclear disaster.