Japan envisions a greener future with hydrogen power

Hydrogen storage at the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field in Namie town in Fukushima. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
The Japan-Belgium developed HydroBingo, said to be the world's first hydrogen-powered ship, docks in Tokyo on Oct 20, 2022. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
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TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA – Japan is staking its green future on hydrogen, a relatively untested source of power that promises to revolutionise the energy sector should ongoing trials be successful.

The push has been catalysed on two fronts: One is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has exposed Japan’s vulnerabilities as it imports most of its fossil fuels, and another is the 2050 target the country has set for itself by which to achieve carbon neutrality.

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