Koriyama aims to be front-runner in using hydrogen as power source(水素活用の先駆けに 郡山にステーション)

Koriyama Mayor Masato Shinagawa, fourth from the right, holds a hose to refuel a fuel cell vehicle with hydrogen on June 8 on the premises of the Koriyama municipal government.(水素ステーションで燃料電池車へ水素を充填するホースを持つ品川市長(右から4人目)ら=8日午前、郡山市役所)

 The municipal government of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, has started operating a hydrogen refueling station on its premises in the Asahi district of the city.
 The station uses solar power to produce hydrogen and supplies it to fuel cell vehicles (see clip). It is the first hydrogen refueling station to be installed in the prefecture and the second in the Tohoku region, following one in Sendai.
 The city is aiming to become a front-runner in utilizing hydrogen energy as a first step to realizing the Fukushima Plan for a New Energy Society, which was formulated after the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to promote the prefecture as a leading region of hydrogen production.


 At the hydrogen refueling station in Koriyama, a hydrogen production device and a hydrogen-filling machine are compactly integrated.
  Photovoltaic units have been installed on the roof of the station's parking area to generate electricity that is then used to electrolyze water to produce hydrogen gas without emitting carbon dioxide.


 At the opening ceremony of the station, Koriyama Mayor Masato Shinagawa said, "In Koriyama, a project to utilize hydrogen is under way at a research facility of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. We want to provide our utmost support so that it can create new industries in the field by making good use of the project's outcomes."


 According to the Koriyama city government, the price of hydrogen is about \1,000 per kilogram. A fuel cell vehicle can travel about 100 kilometers per kilogram of hydrogen.
 The station is capable of producing about 1.5 kilograms of hydrogen a day and storing up to 19 kilograms of hydrogen.
 A fuel cell vehicle can travel at least 250 kilometers after filling a tank. The cost for the project is about \187 million, \120 million of which was provided by subsidies from the Environment Ministry. The municipal government will pay a leasing fee of \67 million for eight years.


 The city government has obtained one fuel cell vehicle, a Honda Motor Co. Clarity, on a five-year lease contract at a total cost of about \7.06 million. The city will use the FCV as a public car and for activities such as raising awareness of energy conservation. The city is also planning to allow pre-registered companies and individuals to use the station free of charge.


 Fuel cell vehicle (FCV)
 FCVs travel using a fuel cell that generates electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Just like gasoline-powered vehicles that are refueled at gas stations, FCVs are refueled at hydrogen stations. While FCVs have a similar capability to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, they only emit water when they are being used. Compared to electric vehicles, FCVs can travel a longer distance and need less time for refueling.

( Translated by The Japan News )


 【 2017年6月9日付・福島民友新聞掲載 】