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IPHE Country Update: April 2017

Name: Masaru YAMAZUMI, Shinya KAWAMURA
Contact Information: kawamura-shinya@meti.go.jp
Covered Period: November 2016 - March 2017

New Policy Initiatives on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (Read more)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a policy speech to the 193rd Session of the Diet on January 20, 2017. He said “The hydrogen energy is a trump card for energy security and global warming mitigation measures. The world's first electric power supply will be started using a hydrogen generator in Kobe by spring 2018. We will challenge to transport a large amount of hydrogen using the world's first liquefied hydrogen carrier and we will build hydrogen supply chain covered from production through to transport and consumption. For realizing these challenges, we will proceed with the reformation by sorting out all regulations among ministries.”

On March 10, 2017, progress on Hydrogen / FC Strategy Roadmap which was revised in March 2016, was reported at the Ministerial/Industry Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, and challenges for the future were discussed.

A Working Group was established under the Ministerial/Industry Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in May 2016, aiming at the future expansion of CO2-free hydrogen utilization. The Working Group compiled the results into a Report in March 2017, describing streamlined current challenges and other tasks, and the direction of future efforts.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the first meeting of the Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues on April 11, 2017. He said, "Japan will be the first in the world to realize a hydrogen-based society. I request relevant ministers to formulate the basic strategy within this year. In particular, I would like relevant ministers to accelerate the establishment of hydrogen refuelling stations, and streamline regulations on them, and to formulate a common scenario toward the building of supply chains and the full-scale introduction of hydrogen power generation.”

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Update (Read more)   

NEDO continued to build and develop the hydrogen supply chain, from production through to transport and consumption, and to develop technologies for realizing a hydrogen-based society.

NEDO also continued PEMFC and SOFC R&D projects. These results and achievements can be applied to the next generation of FCEV on the road in 2025 – 2030 and to SOFCs for commercial and industrial use on the market in this fiscal year.

Demonstration and Deployments Update (Read more)

As of March 2017, around 1,800 FCEVs and two commercial-based FC Buses were on the road.

There are 92 sites (90 in operation) of hydrogen stations (70 MPa) as of March 2017.

194,710 units of ENE-FARM, residential micro-CHP fuel cell, are sold as of March 2017.

Events and Solicitations (Read more)

From 1st to 3rd in March 2017, there was the largest exhibition in Tokyo called ‘FC-EXPO 2017’. The exhibition focuses on HFC technology in markets.

FC Association Japan, which is a voluntary organization, held its “5th International Meeting”, during FC EXPO, supported by FCDIC, (Fuel Cell Development Information Center) on Feb 28, 2017. Dr. Frois as IPHE Chair gave the closing address. The meeting was very successful, and the number of participants were 66. (The number of the mean participants from 1st to 4th of the meeting was 27.)

FCDIC celebrates its 30th anniversary of the founding of this Center last fiscal year. Dr. Frois as IPHE Chair and Mr. Karlsson as Executive Director of IPHE gave a Congratulatory Address for the commemorative publication of the 30th anniversary.

Mr. Karlsson as Executive Director of the IPHE will make speech at the international session at the symposium of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the FCDIC on May 26.

Investments: Government and Collaborative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Funding (Read more)  

All of the items are Budgets for Hydrogen and FCs in FY 2017 (METI). TOTAL: [JPY 39 billion = US$ 355 million]

  • Promotion of stationary FCs:
    Subsidies for Micro-CHP FC sales [JPY 9.4 billion = US$ 85.1 million]
  • Promotion of FCVs:
    Subsidies for CAPEX and OPEX of HRS [JPY 4.5 billion = US$ 41 million] Subsidies for clean-energy vehicle sales (incl. FCEV) [JPY 12.3 billion = US$ 112 million]

  • Establishing hydrogen supply-chain:
    Demonstration of a hydrogen supply chain [JPY 4.7 billion = US$ 42.7 million]
  • R&D on FCs [JPY 3.1 billion = US$ 28.2 million]
  • R&D on HRS [JPY 4.1 billion = US$ 37.3 million]
  • R&D on hydrogen production, transport and storage
    (incl. hydrogen production from renewables) [JPY 1.0 billion = US$ 9.1 million]

Regulations, Codes & Standards Update (


Data Table (





Japan Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration Project
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
WE-NET (World Energy Network)
Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan

Member Statements

Member Statements (Read more) - Last updated November 2016

  • Japanese Statement (PDF); 26th Steering Committee Meeting; Gwangju, Republic of Korea; November 1-4, 2016
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 566KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016
  • Japanese Presentation (PDF 904KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016
  • Japanese Statement (PDF); 23rd Steering Committee Meeting; Wuhan, China; 27-28 May 2015
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 1.77MB); 22nd Steering Committee Meeting; Rome, Italy; 2-3 December 2014
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 981KB); 21st Steering Committee Meeting; Oslo, Norway; 19-21 May 2014
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 935KB); 20th Steering Committee Meeting; City of Fukuoka, Japan; 20-21 November 2013
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 1.26MB); 19th Steering Committee Meeting; London, United Kingdom; 23-24 May 2013
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 179KB); 18th Steering Committee Meeting; Seville, Spain; 14 November 2012
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 930KB); 17th Steering Committee Meeting; Cape Town, South Africa; 3-4 May 2012
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 4.15MB); 15th Steering Committee Meeting; Vancouver, Canada; May 2011
  • Japanese Presentation (PDF 1.73MB) Governmental Programs on E-Mobility; Ulm, Germany; 15 June 2010
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 2.81MB); 13th Joint Meeting of the ILC & SC; Essen, Germany; May 2010
  • Japanese Presentation (PDF 1.37MB); IPHE Infrastructure Workshop; Sacramento, CA, USA; 25-26 February 2010
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 1.25MB); ILC/SC Joint Meeting; Washington, DC; 1-3 December 2009
  • Japanese Statement; Steering Committee Meeting; Sao Paulo, Brazil; 24-25 April 2007 | Text (PDF 50MB) | Presentation (PDF 1.24MB)
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 651KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Kyoto, Japan; 14-15 September 2005
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 425KB) ; Steering Committee Meeting; Paris, France; 26-28 January 2005
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 10KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Beijing, China; 26-28 May 2004
  • Japanese Statement (PDF 10KB); Implementation-Liaison Committee; Reisensburg, Germany; 26 February 2004
  • Ministerial Statement; IPHE Inaugural Ministerial Meeting; Washington, D.C.; 20 Nov 2003 Text (PDF 44KB) | Presentation (PDF 143KB)


Demonstration & Deployment (Read more) - Last updated January 2009


Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell (JHFC) Demonstration Project

The JHFC Project is demonstrating fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and hydrogen refueling facilities for FCVs through the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) and the Engineering Advancement Association of Japan (ENAA).

Large Scale Stationary Fuel Cell Demonstration Project

The Large Scale Stationary Fuel Cell Demonstration Project is conducted through New Energy Foundation (NEF). The project provides the opportunity to monitor large numbers of 1-kW residential fuel cells.

By accumulating operational data such as efficiencies and problems encountered under actual usage conditions, this project is expected to clarify the challenges of fuel cell commercialization. This is an important step toward a hydrogen economy.


Total of 12 hydrogen filling stations

Station Capacity Dispensing Pressure Production Method
Kasumigaseki, Tokyo

Storage: 35 kg

35 MPa
Daikoku, Yokohama

Storage: 179 kg

25 MPa,
35 MPa
Steam reforming (2.7 kg/hour)
Asahi, Yokohama

Storage: 10 kg

25 MPa,
35 MPa
Steam reforming (4.5 kg/hour)
Senju, Tokyo

Storage: 22 kg

25 Mpa,
35 MPa
Steam reforming (4.5 kg/hour)
Ariake, Tokyo

Storage: 10,000L

25MPa, 35MPa
Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Storage: 65 kg
15MPa, 35MPa
Methanol reforming (4.5 kg/hour)
Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Storage: 97 kg
25MPa, 35MPa
Alkaline electrolysis
(2.7 kg/hour)
Funebashi, Chiba
Storage: 23 kg
25MPa, 35MPa
Steam reforming
Centrair-airport, Aichi

Storage: 11 kg

Steam reforming
(9 kg/hour)
Osaka, Osaka
Storage: 68 kg
Steam reforming
(2.7 kg/hour)
Kansai-Airport, Osaka
Storage: 24 kg


Ichihara, Chiba
Storage: 3000L
25MPa, 35MPa
Steam reforming
(4.5 kg/hour)


  • 45 fuel cell vehicles
  • 8 ICE vehicles
  • 5 fuel cell buses


  • Total of 2,232 stationary fuel cells (700-1,000 W) depending on the system manufacturer


  • FC-powered wheelchair
  • FC-powered turret
  • Portable power


JHFC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project
Large Scale Stationary Fuel Cell Demonstration Project | http://happyfc.nef.or.jp/