Tokyo Olympics and Para-Related Measures “Hydrogen Station” Subsidy Project Abolished

Tokyo Olympics and Para-Related Measures to Abolish Hydrogen Station Subsidy Project October 8 at 4:40 AM

As a related measure for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the Ministry of the Environment has been promoting a project to subsidize the installation cost of a hydrogen station that supplies hydrogen made from renewable energy such as solar power to fuel cell vehicles, but a survey by the Board of Audit found that more than 80 percent of the facilities that received the subsidy actually used electricity other than renewable energy. The Ministry of the Environment judged it difficult to continue the project and decided to abolish it.

The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has set the building of a “hydrogen society” that does not emit carbon dioxide, which causes global warming, as a legacy of the Olympic Games.

As a related measure, the Ministry of the Environment promoted a project to subsidize a portion of the cost to local governments and private organizations that have set up hydrogen stations to supply hydrogen to vehicles running on fuel cells, and as a requirement, the Ministry of the Environment requested that all electricity produced by hydrogen be covered by renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

However, an investigation by the Board of Audit found that at least more than 80 of the approximately 20 locations where installation and operation began by fiscal 2017 actually used electricity other than renewable energy.

It was pointed out that the Ministry of the Environment judged it difficult to continue the project and decided to abolish it.

In response to the interview, the Ministry of the Environment said, “Hydrogen stations using renewable energy are facilities that require advanced technology, and unexpected situations such as differences in electricity that can be covered by the region have occurred,” and “we regret that we should have designed the system more carefully.”

We would like to make use of the data and knowledge we have gathered so far for future hydrogen-related businesses.”

Kanagawa Prefecture Hydrogen Production Power All Renewable Energy Is Difficult 

Kanagawa Prefecture received a subsidy from the Ministry of the Environment, which was pointed out by the Board of Audit this time.

A hydrogen station was set up in Yokohama city in March the day before yesterday.

We used the electricity generated by solar panels to make hydrogen, but there were some days when the weather was bad and at night we were running out of electricity.

In addition, since there was a case that a problem occurs if a constant power is not always supplied to the hydrogen station, it is that it has covered the necessary amount of power other than solar power generation.

It was difficult to rely on renewable energy for all the electricity needed to produce hydrogen.

Harutoshi Takekawa, Director of the Energy Division of the Kanagawa Industrial Department, said, “In addition to the cost of requiring large-capacity storage batteries, technically, it is necessary to manage energy that provides stable power day and night.

It was not realistic to be able to cover only solar power.”