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IPHE Country Update: November 2016

Name: Masashi HOSHINO
Contact Information: hoshino-masashi@meti.go.jp
Covered Period: May 2016 - October 2016

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

On March 23, 2016, METI published the revised “Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells”, which was originally published in June 2014. The Road Map indicates updated / new targets on fuel cells and hydrogen, as well as specific steps to achieve the targets

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

In October, NEDO held its annual project summarizing event on the HFC RD&D program. In this event, NEDO took the opportunity to inform stakeholders about IPHE’s activities.

In 2016, NEDO started 3 R&D projects about hydrogen firing combustor for gas turbine with the aim of expanding hydrogen demand after 2030 and 6 R&D projects about hydrogen from renewable electricity to stabilize the grid.

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 onto the market in 2017.

Demonstration and Deployments Update (Read more)

As of August 2016, 909 FCEVs were on the road. Also, Honda released a new FCEV “CLARITY FUEL CELL” in March 2016.

There are 93 sites (78 in operation) of hydrogen stations (70 MPa) as of September 2016.

180,511 units of ENE-FARM, residential micro-CHP fuel cell, are sold as of September 2016.

Events and Solicitations (Read more)

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

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

All of the items are Budget Requests for Hydrogen and FCs in FY 2017 (METI). TOTAL: [JPY94.4 billion = US$ 348 million]

  • Promotion of stationary FCs:
    Subsidies for Micro-CHP FC sales [JPY10.4 billion = US$ 10 million]
  • Promotion of FCVs:
    Subsidies for CAPEX and OPEX of HRS [JPY 5.2 billion = US$ 50 million] Subsidies for clean-energy vehicle sales (incl. FCEV) [JPY 14.0 billion = US$ 138 million]

  • Establishing hydrogen supply-chain:
    Demonstration of a hydrogen supply chain [JPY 55 billion = US$ 54 million]
  • R&D on FCs [JPY 4.0 billion = US$ 39 million]
  • R&D on HRS [JPY 4.4 billion = US$ 43 million]
  • R&D on hydrogen production, transport and storage
    (incl hydrogen production from renewables) [JPY 1.4 billion = US$ 14 million]


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/