• Japanese companies launch joint venture to help develop ‘hydrogen society’

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Eleven Japanese companies have formed a joint venture with the aim of helping usher in a ‘hydrogen society’. The companies include transport giants such as Toyota and Nissan, oil and gas companies such as JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp and Idemitsu Kosan Co, and gas companies such as Tokyo Gas Co, Toho Gas Co, and Air Liquide Japan. The joint venture appears aimed mostly at the transport sector, with plans to install hydrogen stations across the country, but a major transition to becoming a hydrogen economy would surely also create opportunities for electricity generation from firing hydrogen. With growing interest around the world in hydrogen as a fuel for power generation, Japan seems likely to become a pioneer in the field.