Toshiba Powers Up PV Hydrogen Refueling Station in Japan

By August 2, 2022 2   min read  (397 words)

August 2, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, Toshiba Powers Up PV Hydrogen Refueling Station in Japan
  • First compact hydrogen bus to start operation in Japan.
  • System is able to refill about eight hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, each in three minutes.

TA hydrogen car filling station has been opened in Niigata by Toshiba EES, a subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Toshiba.

The H2One ST Unit™, a locally produced and consumed renewable energy hydrogen station that we delivered to Niigata Prefecture, is operating today at Niigata Kotsu Co., Ltd.’s (hereafter, Niigata Kotsu) Niigata Eastern Sales Office premises in Niigata City. It was started.

“H2One ST Unit™” is a system that can produce hydrogen from electricity generated by renewable energy and refuel FCVs. It has hydrogen production capacity capable of operating approximately 8 FCVsNote can be fully charged in 3 dispensing 2 at the fastest. Since this system consists of a single container and does not have separate units such as auxiliary equipment, it can be installed with only electricity, water supply and drainage work, and can be used in a variety of applications such as factories, ports, airports, and bus offices. This time, solar panels (with an output of approximately 20 kW) will be installed on adjacent land to produce hydrogen using renewable energy.

The FCV that is expected to be used this time will be Japan’s first compact fuel cell bus Note 3. The bus is refilled with hydrogen once every morning and runs through the central area of ​​Niigata City, including tourist spots, operated by Niigata Kotsu.

To realize a carbon-neutral, decarbonized society by 2050, Niigata Prefecture is promoting initiatives for a carbon-neutral energy-derived hydrogen supply chain as a measure for the utilization of hydrogen. This time, the “H2One ST Unit™” has been highly evaluated for its ability to produce hydrogen from electricity generated by renewable energy and to fill FCVs, leading to its introduction.

We are contributing to the reduction of CO 2 emissions through our technology to “generate, store, and use hydrogen wisely.” Going forward, we will continue to contribute to regional revitalization and the expansion of the introduction of renewable energy by providing technologies and products that utilize hydrogen energy.

Note 1: Calculated from the average mileage of automobiles in Japan (23.2km/day)
Note 2: When the accumulator is fully charged.
Note 3: As of August 1, 2022. Research by Tokyo R&D Co., Ltd., the developer of this compact fuel cell bus.

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