Namie aiming to produce, supply its own hydrogen power(浪江町が水素タウン構想)

A hydrogen fuel cell system installed at the Namie Michi-no-Eki roadside rest and tourism facility in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture(道の駅なみえに設置された水素供給装置など=20日、浪江町)

 Experiments to produce and supply hydrogen for local use will be carried out across Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, making it the nation's first municipality to engage in such a large trial.
 The Namie municipal government announced in late November an initiative to realize a hydrogen-powered society. It is committed to producing energy for local consumption as a means of reconstructing the areas damaged by the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
 In the large-scale experiment using hydrogen produced in the town, the municipal government aims to utilize the energy in various fields such as commerce, agriculture, transportation and education.


 While hydrogen is gaining a following as a next-generation source of clean energy, many issues remain before it can be efficiently used. These include technical matters such as production, storage, and transportation, as well as improving the performance of hydrogen fuel cells, reducing costs and reviewing legal regulations.
 The Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), one of the world's largest hydrogen production sites, opened in the town in March. With a stable supply system in place, the town has started working on promoting the use of hydrogen.


 In the experiment planned for as early as next fiscal year, ordinary households, commercial facilities and other places will be given fuel cells and partner companies will deliver and supply them with hydrogen using special trucks in the Hamadori area, where the town is located.
 The municipal government plans to complete an industrial area in the town's Tanashio district as early as 2024 and supply all the electricity to be consumed by the companies located there with renewable energy. To cheaply supply hydrogen to the area, the government there will build pipelines using utility poles while ensuring safety.
 It has also installed a hydrogen fuel cell system at the Namie Michi-no-Eki roadside rest and tourism facility in the town, which supplies electricity and hot water to the facility. The government will continue exploring possibilities for practical use while examining costs.


 In time for the opening of the FH2R, the municipal government set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and declared itself a "Zero Carbon City." It hopes to achieve the goal through the use of hydrogen.
 "It's precisely because Namie was damaged by the nuclear disaster that we want to reconstruct the town using renewable energy-derived hydrogen," said a town government official. "We want to build a new town that does not rely on nuclear power or fossil fuels."

( Translated by The Japan News )


 【 2020年11月21日付・福島民友新聞掲載 】