Japan: Hydrogen Production Asahi Kasei to Build 10 MW Alkaline Water Electrolysis System
Asahi Kasei and its subsidiary Asahi Kasei Engineering have received an order from Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions for an alkaline water electrolysis system of 10 MW in a single unit to be installed at the Fukushima Hydrogen Research Field in Namie, Japan.
Tokyo/Japan — The large-scale alkaline water electrolysis system is based on the supplier's chlor-alkali electrolysis technology which has been developed with the support of Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (Nedo). According to the company this system features high energy efficiency and responsiveness with fluctuating output.
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions, which placed the order for the electrolysis system, was commissioned by Nedo to implement a Hydrogen from Renewable Energy Project in Namie, as a technological development project. Integrated with a large-scale solar power generation plant, the electrolysis system will form a core part of the Fukushima Hydrogen Research Field scheduled for test operation in the autumn of 2019 and start-up in the summer of 2020.
Asahi Kasei’s alkaline water electrolysis system is a “power-to-gas” technology that converts renewable energy into hydrogen. The company expects hydrogen to be widely utilized in transportation and industrial applications as a substitute for fossil fuel. The market is expected to grow significantly with the shift to a low-carbon society.