The nation’s first “hydrogen energy white paper,” released Monday, calls on the country to become a “hydrogen economy” by adopting the fuel for utility power generation.
The paper was produced by the government-affiliated New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
In a fuel-cell vehicle, hydrogen is used to create electricity and to power an electric motor. Hydrogen can also be burned for thermal power.
Japan isn’t alone in looking at hydrogen for utility power. Germany, for instance, has been experimenting with a project to inject hydrogen into natural gas grids.