A Japanese partnership consisting of the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, the municipal governments of the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki, Iwatani Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Industries Corporation, Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc. and Japan Environment Systems Co. Ltd. has announced that all facilities to be used in the FY2015 Regional Cooperation and Low-carbon Hydrogen Technology Demonstration Project commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment have been completed, and full-scale operations have commenced.
The goal of the project is to implement and evaluate a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain which will utilise hydrogen produced from renewable energy in facilities along Tokyo Bay (in Yokohama and Kawasaki) to power forklifts.
A system has been created for using electricity generated at the Yokohama City Wind Power Plant (Hama Wing) to electrolyse water to create low-carbon hydrogen, which is then compressed and stored. The hydrogen produced at the site will be transported in a hydrogen fuelling truck to a fruit and vegetable market, a factory and warehouses. The hydrogen will be used in fuel cells to power Toyota forklifts at these locations.
The creation of this hydrogen supply chain in cooperation with local partners is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 80 percent when compared with a supply chain using forklifts powered by gasoline or grid electricity. The goal of the project is to establish a hydrogen supply chain, analyse costs, and estimate potential CO2 reductions that can be achieved with a full-scale supply chain in the future.