Hydrogen Energy


Hydrogen Energy

Session background and objectives

Hydrogen does not emit CO2 through its combustion, and can be produced from various energy sources including fossil fuels and renewable energies. Therefore it is anticipated that increased use of hydrogen will contribute to CO2 emission reduction as well as improve energy security. According to IEA, hydrogen can link different energy sources and energy transmission networks, enhancing overall energy system flexibility. In this session issues and outlook for the role of hydrogen in the energy system will be discussed.

Source:IEA Technology Roadmap “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells”


Reiko Kuroda [Chair]

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Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General; Professor, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science

Shigeru Muraki

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Executive Adviser, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.


RD&D; on Hydrogen and Energy Carriers for Hydrogen Society

Hydrogen has potentiality to realize CO2-free supply chain, and it is expected to play an important role to achieve global warming and energy security.
Japanese government has been taking strong leadership to conduct RD&D; programs on hydrogen related technologies. Those programs cover production of CO2 free hydrogen, developments of three energy carriers (Liquid hydrogen, Chemical hydride, Ammonia) and utilization of hydrogen and ammonia.
This presentation will explain RD&D; programs and road map toward hydrogen society.

Klaus Bonhoff

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Managing Director (Chair), NOW GmbH, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

Koichi Kojima

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Project General Manager, R&D; and Engineering Management Div., Advanced R&D; and Engineering Company, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION


Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050

Toyota announced Toyota environmental challenge 2050 in October 2015. In new vehicle zero CO2 emissions challenge, we will reduce 90% CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2010. FCV is one of key technology. For market penetration of FCV, 2020-ies need to see substantial sale volume. We set a target; global 30,000 per year or more at around 2020. In plant zero CO2 emissions challenge, we will reduce energy use first and then use renewable energy and hydrogen by 2050. A proof test of hydrogen technology will be launched at the FCV production line in 2020.

Ingmar Ploemen

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Manager, New Energy Technologies, Shell Global Solutions


Challenges in building Hydrogen Supply Chains

Hydrogen has the potential to be an important low-carbon transport fuel in the future and Shell is taking part in several initiatives to encourage the adoption of hydrogen as a transport fuel. In the immediate term, hydrogen can help improve local air quality. In the longer term, when hydrogen is produced from electricity from renewable sources, it can help reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector.
To realise this potential, supply costs need to be reduced and future supply chains need to be developed. Shell is focusing on Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) as the carrier most suitable for larger scale H2 mobility supply chains.
Developing solutions for the very significant (technical) challenges in long distance bulk shipping & handling of LH2 requires industry collaboration, with Japan clearly taking the lead by building a pilot hydrogen bulk carrier.

Hideo Shigekiyo

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Technical/Commercial Manager, Industrial Gases Dept., Air Products Japan K.K.


1. Role of hydrogen in the energy system

  • What is the potential for electricity storage using hydrogen? How does it compare against batteries, flywheels, CAES and pumped storage hydro?
  • What are some issues in hydrogen conversion and utilization?
  • What are the “values” of hydrogen?

2. Scenario for the future energy system with hydrogen

  • How will demand for CO2 free hydrogen (including industrial use) expand?
  • How can stakeholders in production, distribution and utilization of hydrogen collaborate?

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