Toshiba Corp said it has completed, together with partners, a big renewable hydrogen production plant in Fukushima prefecture. The facility uses a 10 MW-class hydrogen production unit. It is a project of Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), local utility Tohoku Electric Power and Iwatani Corp.
The Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) can produce, store, and supply as much as 1,200 normal cubic meters of hydrogen per hour using renewable energy. It is powered by the local grid and 20 MW of solar power generation facilities.
In addition to generating power, the plant will help stabilise the electricity grid and allow for increased use of renewables, Toshiba pointed out. The hydrogen will power stationary hydrogen fuel cell systems and it will be used in fuel cell cars and buses, among other applications.