Kyushu Electric Power Company, Inc. (Head office: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture; President and CEO: Kazuhiro Ikebe; hereinafter, “Kyushu Electric Power”) and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation (Head office: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture; President and CEO: Takao Konishi; hereinafter, “Toshiba ESS”) announced today that the companies have received notification of a grant decision from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for the “Development of Technology for Realizing a Hydrogen Society/Development of Regional Hydrogen Utilization Technology” on March 28, 2022.*
This project aims to establish a regional model for a hydrogen society that produces and utilizes hydrogen for local consumption in decentralized regions, such as inland areas, and involves the development of matching technologies that link electricity supply and demand. The companies will also conduct surveys and studies for the introduction and operation of highly efficient SOEC (Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell)-type hydrogen production equipment to meet future large-scale demand for hydrogen in industrial clusters, such as factories, industrial complexes, and ports.
In this demonstration project, Kyushu Electric Power will be responsible for the overall management of the project, study of effective hydrogen production and utilization methods using zero-emission power sources, and development of the matching technologies, while Toshiba ESS will be responsible for the design and production of the EMS (Energy Management System), supply of hydrogen production equipment, and basic planning of the SOEC hydrogen production equipment utilization model. The Kyushu Electric Power Group will also continue to view changes in the business environment, including carbon neutrality, as an opportunity for change and further corporate growth, and will continue to aim to be a corporate group that leads the decarbonization of Japan from Kyushu. The Kyushu Electric Power Group considers carbon neutrality and other changes in the business environment as a transformative opportunity to achieve further corporate growth, and it strives to become a corporate group that leads the way in Japan's decarbonizing initiatives from Kyushu.
Toshiba ESS has been conducting research and development of a highly efficient SOEC-type hydrogen production system, and with the adoption of this project, will use the opportunity to study the specifics of how SOEC can be used, aiming for early commercialization of the system. Toshiba ESS will also contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by providing infrastructure services that enhance the value of energy systems.
*Note: While this project period is from FY2022 to FY2025, only the FY2022 portion has been determined at this time.