- Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture has switched on a 10 MW hydrogen production fab that’s called FH2R
- Along with Tohoku Electric Power and Iwatani Corporation, Toshiba ESS brought the facility to fruition in Namie Town
- Powered by a 20 MW solar power plant and grid supplied electricity, the hydrogen production fab can produce, store and supply up to 1,200 Nm³ of hydrogen per hour
Under construction since 2018 in Namie Town of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) has now been commissioned. The 10 MW hydrogen producing facility that can produce, store and supply up to 1,200 cubic newton meters (Nm³) of hydrogen per hour, is powered by a 20 MW solar power plant along with grid supplied power.
Hydrogen produced at the facility will mainly be transported in hydrogen tube trailers and hydrogen bundles to be supplied to users in Fukushima Prefecture, the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, and other regions,” said Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshibha ESS) that supervised the overall project. “Hydrogen produced at the facility will also be used to power stationary fuel cell batteries and to support the mobility of fuel cell battery-powered cars and buses, and more.” Other partners on the FH2R facility are Tohoku Electric Power and Iwatani Corporation.
Toshiba ESS says their most important challenge currently is to use the hydrogen energy management system to achieve the optimal combination of production and storage of hydrogen and power grid supply-demand balancing adjustments, without the use of storage batteries.
In January 2020, Toshiba ESS announced completion of the H2One Station Unit for Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council in Toyama Prefecture that produces hydrogen using renewable energy which is then supplied to fuel cell vehicles.