Asahi Kasei, through the subsidiary company Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp., has been commissioned, by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions, to build a hydrogen generating plant based on green energy. The power plant, which will consist of an alkaline water electrolysis system with 10 MW (megawatts) of power, will be powered only by renewable energy from a solar panel installation.
Thanks to Asahi Kasei’s alkaline chlorine electrolysis technology, it has been possible to develop a large-scale alkaline water electrolysis system with high energy efficiency and exceptional response capacity. The project will be supported by the Industrial Technology and New Energy Development Organization of Japan (NEDO), the same institution that is leading the alliance for the development of solid electrolyte batteries in the Nation of the Rising Sun.
The power plant will be integrated with the photovoltaic plate installations of the Fukushima Hydrogen Research Field for the generation of hydrogen and large-scale renewable energy. The first tests of the system will take place in the fall of 2019, while hydrogen production is expected to start stably in the summer of 2020.