To reach in 2050 to cover 18% of energy production with hydrogen obtained from solar, eliminating natural gas and fossil fuels in transport: this is the goal of Japan, on the path towards zero emissions. This was stated by Ohira Eiji, of the Japanese government agency New Energy and Organization for the Development of Industrial Technology (Nedo), in an online event for the press.
Japan’s road towards zero emissions then passes from hydrogen, in a path that starts from Fukushima, where the largest solar hydrogen production plant ever built in the world was born.
The Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field FH2R plant (source: Nedo)
“In the challenge towards the energy transition, hydrogen is a much more advanced technology than others, on which we have been working for years and for this reason at the center of growing interest”, noted Ohira.
Hydrogen can be accumulated and transported, used in many sectors such as transport and industry, and above all it does not produce greenhouse gases: its winning characteristics are many in the global challenge towards climate neutrality, i.e. the actions necessary to completely reduce the human impact on the transformations taking place.
Japan believes in this and aims to cover 18% of energy production by 2050 with hydrogen and thus reduce CO2 emissions by 6 billion tons and “completely replace the use of natural gas and fossil fuels in transport. “Ohira added. The steps to do this pass from hydrogen production systems using renewable sources such as solar and wind power to produce 2 million tons of hydrogen per year in 2025 and 20 million tons in 2050 at a cost of less than 2 dollars. Per kilo. A journey that has already begun in Fukushima, the city symbol of one of the greatest nuclear disasters ever, where the largest solar hydrogen production plant ever built in the world was born in 2020 and which is proposed as a starting point for the energy transition .