Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has installed its pure hydrogen fuel cell system, the H2Rex™, at Michinoeki-Namie in Fukushima Prefecture.
The system will supply the required electric power and heat simultaneously by using hydrogen supplied by the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) which started-up in July.
Due to be operating in October, H2Rex™ is a clean energy solution that uses hydrogen as fuel for CO2-free electricity generation and can boot up and start generating electricity in only about five minutes.
The unit that has been installed at Michinoeki-Namie is 3.5kW and generates electricity to power lights and air conditioning for part of the facilities, as well as generates heat to make hot water for hand washing.
Yoshihisa Sanagi,General Manager of the Hydrogen Energy Business Division at Toshiba ESS, said, “It is our great honour to contribute to the formulation of the hydrogen supply chain in Fukushima and we will commit to continuous efforts for the realisation of a hydrogen society through developments in wide areas of hydrogen technology, from its generation to utilisation.”
Toshiba ESS is carrying out verification tests at FH2R with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., and Iwatani Corporation. Hydrogen produced at FH2R is filled into hydrogen bundles and transported to Michinoeki-Namie.
Namie-town is planning to use Michinoeki-Namie as its base for energy management to realise the reconstruction of the city, H2Rex™ is going to be utilised as part of this plan