Japan Environment Ministry to Test Hydrogen Method

January 20, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

The Japan Environment Ministry will begin testing a method for mass-producing hydrogen without creating carbon dioxide to meet the fuel needs of hydrogen fuel cells, according to government officials. The Ministry plans to produce hydrogen using electrolysis technology at an offshore wind-power generation facility next fiscal year.

The ministry decided to use wind power as the source of energy since it does not create carbon dioxide. Since an offshore wind-power station is best suited for generating a constant amount of energy, the ministry assigned the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, to test the technology. Since most Japanese coastal waters are deeper than the shallow seas in Denmark and the Netherlands, the ministry may build a floating facility such as those used for building offshore airports.