Japan targets CHP to cut energy bills

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is using Kitakyushu City as a test bed for a hydrogen storage system integrated with controller software, solar panels and industrial CHP (Combined Heat and Power) backup, in an attempt to reduce energy bills.

The City of Yokohama, Toyota City, and Keihanna are also part of the Japan Smart City Portal experiment, which began in 2010 and ends in 2014.

In Kitakyushu City, 100kW of distributed solar panels, a 400kW fuel cell, and a small wind power generator were installed, making up 10 per cent of local generation capacity.

Through a Community Energy Management System (CEMS), excess renewable energy can be converted into hydrogen for storage, and the fuel cells can be activated to supply electricity in the event of rising demand.

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