Japan is one of the pioneers in the development of hydrogen energy as a future source of clean, renewable energy. JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation (JXTG NOE) is proud to be part of an alliance of 16 Japanese companies, Japan H2 mobility LLC (including automakers – Toyota, Nissan and Honda), formed to accelerate the development and adoption of using hydrogen energy in Japan, supporting the government’s plan towards a “hydrogen society”.
One usage of hydrogen energy is in Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) or Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), where the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in the presence of an electrolyte generates electricity to power the vehicle with only heat and water as emissions. Besides the clean emissions, hydrogen can be produced from renewable energy, such as solar, wind, thermal, tidal and biomass, making hydrogen a potential source of clean sustainable energy.
Above photo credit – Toyota Mirai | Below photo – Mobile ENEOS Hydrogen Station
While our automaker counterparts are focusing on reducing the costs and increasing the efficiency of FCVs, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation is focused on hydrogen production, supply chain and infrastructure development. One such infrastructure development is the ENEOS Hydrogen Station. Currently, there are more than 40 ENEOS Hydrogen Stations around Japan to provide hydrogen fuel supply to users in Japan.
Above photo – ENEOS Hydrogen production facility
Although there have been significant improvements to hydrogen fuel cell technology and cost reductions, FCVs remain relatively expensive, while production and supply of hydrogen are still relatively limited. Despite the many challenges ahead, JXTG NOE and our partners remain committed in pursuing clean, reliable and sustainable energy solutions, because the environment, energy future and well-being of our future generations are at stake.