Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has installed the hydrogen fuel cell system “H2Rex” at Michinoeki-Namie (Roadside Station Namie) in Fukushima Prefecture. H2Rex will supply electric power and heat simultaneously by using hydrogen supplied by the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), one of the largest hydrogen energy research facilities in the world, which started operation in July. H2Rex will be in operation by around October 2020.
H2Rex uses hydrogen as fuel for CO2-free electricity generation and can boot up and start generating electricity in only about five minutes. The H2Rex unit that has been installed at Michinoeki-Namie is 3.5kW and generates electricity to power lights and air conditioning for part of the facilities, as well as generates heat to make hot water for hand washing.
Toshiba ESS is carrying out verification tests at FH2R with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., and Iwatani Corporation. This time, hydrogen produced at FH2R is filled into hydrogen bundles and transported to Michinoeki-Namie, which is located less than a 10 minutes’ drive from FH2R.
Namie-town is planning to use Michinoeki-Namie as its base for energy management to realize the reconstruction of the city, and H2Rex is going to be utilized as part of this plan. This is the third example in Fukushima Prefecture, following Azuma Sports Park and J-Village National Training Center, of the establishment of a supply chain to produce, store and transport, and use the hydrogen produced at FH2R, and it will be able to supply electricity and heat by using hydrogen from a renewable energy source.