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July 11 (Renewables Now) - Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, or Toshiba ESS, recently announced it has joined a four-company team that will implement a green hydrogen-related research project in Japan involving unused geothermal energy.
The subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation (TYO:6502) has teamed up with Kansai Electric Power Company Inc (TYO:9503), or KEPCO, as well as Kanden Plant Corporation and Iwatani Corporation (TYO:8088). KEPCO serves as the representative operator of the particular project, known as “Development of Technologies for Realizing a Hydrogen Society/Comprehensive investigative research.”
Toshiba ESS said it will undertake a study on hydrogen production using unused geothermal energy in Oguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture, from July 2022 until March 2023. It will investigate the use of unused steam to produce stable and low-cost green hydrogen, which will then be applied to heat demands for industries in nearby areas.
The study is considered to be the first step toward creating a business model for the effective use of unused geothermal energy in the future.
The table below gives more information about each team member’s responsibilities as part of the project.
|KEPCO||Hydrogen production capacity, hydrogen utilization study, and management of business feasibility assessment|
|Toshiba ESS||Equipment layout/design study of Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells (SOEC) hydrogen production equipment, steam turbines, and generators|
|Kanden Plant||Equipment layout/design study of heat exchangers, heat pumps, and installation of steam/hot water piping, etc.|
|Iwatani||Study of hydrogen storage/transportation, hydrogen stations, etc.|