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Opening Ceremony Held for Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R)

March 10, 2020

On March 7, 2020, NEDO, together with Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., and Iwatani Corporation, held an opening ceremony to commemorate completion of the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) in advance of the start of its operations. FH2R is a renewable energy-powered 10MW-class hydrogen production unit, one of the largest in the world, located in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry KAJIYAMA Hiroshi, Minister for Reconstruction TANAKA Kazunori, and representatives of FH2R stakeholders.

On behalf of NEDO, Chairman ISHIZUKA Hiroaki provided remarks where he noted that FH2R would serve as a base where, as one of the world's largest hydrogen production units by water electrolysis, technology development will be accelerated to realize a power-to-gas system which includes a power grid supply-and-demand balancing function that will enable a significant expansion in the use of renewable energy and the provision of clean hydrogen.

FH2R can produce as much as 1,200 Nm3 (rated power operation) of hydrogen per hour using renewable energy sources. Renewable energy output is subject to large fluctuations, so the FH2R unit will adjust to supply and demand in the power grid and make the most efficient use of renewable energy sources, with the aim of establishing a low-cost and clean hydrogen production technology.

Note:
The photos of the FH2R observation tour, the fuel cell vehicle, Prime Minister Abe providing remarks, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony have been reproduced and processed from the website of the Prime Minister's Office.
  • Photo of Chairman Ishizuka at podium providing remarks on behalf of NEDO
    Chairman Ishizuka
    providing remarks on behalf of NEDO
  • Photo of Prime Minister Abe observing interior of FH2R hydrogen production unit
    Prime Minister Abe
    observing FH2R hydrogen production unit
  • Photo of Prime Minister Abe riding in next-generation fuel cell vehicle currently under development
    Prime Minister Abe
    observing FH2R hydrogen production unit
  • Photo of Prime Minister Abe at podium providing remarks
    Prime Minister Abe
    participating in opening ceremony