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Japan transforms to a ‘hydrogen society’

Japan, new energy, hydrogen, climate change

Japan leads the race for a hydrogen

After Fukushima, Japan (and Germany) changed it’s energy policy drastic. No nucleair energy any more for this country.

They now focus on hydrogen as a way to transform to a hydrogen society. 

Hydrogen is expected to play a central role as an energy source, the government says in e report.

Reasons for hydrogen are:

  • energy saving
  • environment
  • energy security
  • industrial competitiveness

Reflecting growing demand for alternative forms of energy that are clean and efficient, the car industry are set to sell their first commercial fuel-cell vehicles, powers by hydrogen, starting next year. Hydrogen emits no carbon dioxide when burned, so it is considered clean energy that can greatly help reduce greenhouse gases. Expectations are high, but so are the challenge:

  • setting up expensive hydrogen stations for FCVs
  • securing sufficient supplies of the gas
  • ways to produce hydrogen without emitting carbon dioxide

Steam reforming

Currently, fossil fuels, including naphtha, natural gas and coal, are the main sources of hydrogen, which is generated by a method called “steam reforming,” in which steam is added to methane to yield hydrogen. A huge amount of hydrogen is also produced as a by-product from the production of caustic soda plants and from coke ovens.

Japan expects to develop into a market worth ¥1 trillion by 2030 and ¥8 trillion by 2050!

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