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Fukuoka Aspires to Realize an Earth-friendly Hydrogen Energy Society!
Hydrogen energy has gained attention as the next generation form of clean energy. The Japanese government also expects it to be a major secondary energy source, along with electricity and thermal energy, in the Basic Energy Plan and has published The Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, which is going to be the guideline in the efforts to establish a hydrogen energy society.

As one of the earliest efforts of its kind, Fukuoka founded the Fukuoka Strategy Conference for Hydrogen Energy in August 2004 through industry-academia-government initiative. This conference is a pioneer in the establishment of a hydrogen energy society. It is expected to form the world’s leading center for hydrogen strategy through a comprehensive strategic plan for research and development, development of new industries and human resources.


Research and Development
At a top level in the world, Kyushu University has been researching and developing hydrogen use techniques. The university has become a hydrogen research and development hub, attracting many researchers from home and abroad from centers including, International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage (HYDROGENIUS), and Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Center (NEXT-FC). They have been conducting leading edge collaborative research and actively exchanging information.

Kyushu University's
Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage

Kyushu University's
Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Center
Developing New Industry
Hydrogen Energy Test and Research Center (HyTReC) is a world class test facility which is capable of testing a broad range of hydrogen related products from small high-pressure hydrogen products for FCV to large hydrogen tanks for hydrogen stations. HyTReC accumulates data on the strength, durability and other properties of hydrogen related products and thus aims to contribute to safety improvement and cost reduction of FCV and FCV stations by utilizing the accumulated data to promote the development of new products and materials as well as the reviewing of regulations.

Hydrogen Energy Test and Research Center
Human Resource Development
Fukuoka Hydrogen Energy Human Resource Development Center was set up as Japan’s first human resource development facility related to hydrogen and has nurtured more than 1,000 innovative human resources.
Real-World Experiment
We have conducted two unique real-world experiments of a hydrogen town. Fukuoka Hydrogen Town, where we installed 150 ENE FARMs, fuel battery for household use, and Kitakyushu Hydrogen Town, where the fuel batteries were installed at hydrogen stations, houses, commercial and public facilities (museum). We have also set up two hydrogen stations in Kitakyushu City and Fukuoka City and experimented the driving of FCV, the official car of the prefecture, and FC scooter.
Hydrogen Information Base
In 2010, Fukuoka Strategy Conference for Hydrogen Energy was given the Good Leadership Award by International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), which is organized by governmental organizations related to hydrogen and fuel battery from 18 countries and regions. In 2013, Fukuoka first hosted the international conference of IPHE with Japan as the conference chair. Fukuoka Strategy Conference for Hydrogen Energy has thus become well known internationally with parties concerned with hydrogen.

Major Participants
Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
Iwatani Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation
Kyushu University
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