Hydrogen to play key role in Japan's energy future

A Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) on display at the International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo in Tokyo 2014 (photo: dpa)
A Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) on display at the International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo in Tokyo 2014 (photo: dpa)

With the spectre of the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011 still raw in the minds of Japan’s population, there is concern whether the country’s new Strategic Energy Plan will give the public confidence that the country is moving towards safe energy options. The plan reduces the emphasis on nuclear power and focusses on the emerging renewable and clean energies. However, government and big business also want to see Japan move towards becoming a hydrogen society. There are challenges ahead.

WITH the horrors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident still vivid in people’s minds, the contours of Japan’s new energy strategy are becoming clearer.

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