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Japanese Companies Form Research Alliance for Hydrogen FCV Infrastructure; Targeting Commercializing Technologies by 2015

Thirteen Japanese companies, led by Nippon Oil, have formed a research alliance focused on commercializing technologies for supplying hydrogen to fuel cell vehicles by 2015.

Other companies currently in the alliance include Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.; Iwatani International Corporation; Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.; Cosmo Oil Co. Ltd.; Saibu Gas Co., Ltd.; Japan Energy Corporation; Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. Ltd.; Taiyo Acid; Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.; Toho Gas Co., Ltd.; Air Liquide Japan, Ltd.; and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd.

The alliance is focused on improving the infrastructure of hydrogen supply and hydrogen stations and making hydrogen price- and safety-competitive with gasoline.



They're really off the mark. The FCs biggest problem is the need to replace stacks after relatively small mileage. All these gas companies should apply their alliance to a market ready right now - Residential Power Units. CHP running NG and maybe after improvements H2. And not using FCs but plain old ICE or Sterling engines for the genset.


I would make renewable methane out of rice straw and natural gas pipe it to stations were it is reformed to H2. You want to make the H2 at the point of use, to eliminate transporting it. Fuel cell reliability will improve, but the storage of hydrogen in high pressure tanks needs to be changed to a lower pressure adsorption method.


There are a couple small companies who are reforming NG/methane to H2 for SOFC generation. But the FC costs are high and the maintenance costs are much higher than a simple ICE CHP unit like Honda makes.

Still, addressing the energy consumption issue can be done by offloading residences from the grid. This is done by incentives from gas companies and government to replace old heating systems with CHP units.

We've got transportation underway. We can't stop now. The next step is to decouple residences from the grid and convert old coal to nuke and alternatives.


Actually we will still be arguing the pro's and con's about hydrogen when the Japanese and the rest of the world are all driving FCVs.

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