TEPCO and YHC Kick Off Feasibility Study for Geothermal-Powered Hydrogen Production

By September 6, 2023 3   min read  (517 words)

September 6, 2023 |

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“Demonstration of hydrogen technology that utilizes surplus electricity and exhaust heat from geothermal power generation to achieve economically viable hydrogen production and transportation”

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO HD) and Yamanashi Hydrogen Company, Inc. (YHC) have initiated a feasibility study for an ambitious project involving hydrogen technology.

The project aims to use surplus electricity and waste heat from geothermal power plants in Indonesia for efficient hydrogen and ammonia production. The initiative has received a grant from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) after successfully passing its stage-gate review.

The study aims to outline the most effective means of creating and operating hydrogen production technology that taps into Indonesia’s underutilized geothermal resources. Last year, TEPCO HD and its local partner PT Pertamina Power Indonesia (PNRE) signed a Joint Study Agreement to collaborate on energy optimization. For the current feasibility study, YHC is joining as a co-proposer, bringing expertise in hydrogen production operations.

Goals for this phase include finalizing facility specs, securing local permits, and identifying potential customers. Commercialization of the research findings is expected in FY2024, initially targeting the Indonesian market before expanding to other countries, including Japan.

Both TEPCO and YHC are committed to leveraging this technology to contribute to a carbon-neutral future.

About Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO HD)

TEPCO HD is Japan’s largest electric company and has enabled people to live comfortably for decades by supplying energy. As part of its carbon neutrality strategy, TEPCO HD aims to reduce CO2 emissions originating from the supply of energy to net zero by the year 2050. The entire TEPCO Group is engaged in initiatives to increase energy demand by further promoting electrification while simultaneously developing zero-emission power sources, and is working with society to pave the way to carbon neutrality.

About Yamanashi Hydrogen Company, Inc. (YHC)

Yamanashi Prefecture, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc., and Toray Industries Co., Ltd., established YHC to further enhance P2G (Power to Gas) systems that they have developed, and to jointly aim at achieving carbon neutrality.

YHC engages in the production, supply, and sale of hydrogen and energy services; technological development and demonstration projects related to the production, storage and transportation of hydrogen; and projects aimed at popularizing and spreading the use of hydrogen.

YHC will accelerate the practical application of its P2G systems through further technological development, and by widely deploying these systems both in Japan and overseas. Through these efforts, it will actively contribute to enabling carbon neutrality by promoting the de-fossilization and electrification of fuels.

About PT Pertamina Power Indonesia (Pertamina NRE (PNRE))

PNRE is a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Persero), Indonesia’s largest energy company. PNRE has four business subsidiaries and affiliates: PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (subsidiary), PT Jawa Satu Power (affiliate), PT Jawa Satu Regas (affiliate), and Indonesia Battery Corporation (affiliate). Its business focuses on renewable energy, low-carbon power generation and future business development. It is highly committed to supporting Indonesia in achieving net zero emissions by 2060 through energy conversion, and implementing ESG.



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