National update: Japan
Presented by Eiji Ohira, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan
Japan’s Hydrogen Basic Strategy was launched in December 2017, by the Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues. The strategy shows the future visions that Japan should achieve toward 2050 and also serves as an action plan to accomplish the visions defined by 2030. The strategy sets a goal that Japan should reduce hydrogen costs to the same level of conventional energy and to achieve the set goal, provides integrated policies across ministries ranging from hydrogen production to utilization under the common goals.
Commercialization of the ENE-FARM micro-CHP residential fuel cell products has been particularly successful. The first of these products was launched in early 2009, and the total number of installed systems was over 250,000 by the end of March 2018. The Target number of ENE-FARM is 1.4 million by 2020, and 5.3 million by 2030, according to the strategy. Stationary fuel cell systems (SOFC) for commercial and industrial products were launched in 2017, the aforementioned products have a scale of 3kW, 4.2kW and 250kW.
The strategy also states that the target number of Fuel Cell Vehicles is around 40,000 by 2020, around 200,000 by 2025 and around 800,000 by 2030. Furthermore the strategy is also seeking to increase the number of Fuel Cell Buses to 100 by 2020 and to 1,200 by 2030. The target number of Hydrogen Refueling Stations is around 160 by 2020 and around 320 by 2025.