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Hydrogen Can Become the New Aviation Fuel, As Mitsubishi and Hokkaido Want To Show

Japan is turning its face, energy and resources to a cleaner world, and the first stop is to use hydrogen as a CO2-free electricity.
Renewable Energy for JapanRenewable Energy for JapanNew Chitose Airport (Sapporo / Chitose|Airport)HokkaidoMitsubishi Research Institute
As part of Japan's goal to create a carbon-neutral society, 'The Group' formed by Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Hokkaido Electric Power Company, Hokkaido Airports Co., Ltd., Nikken Corporation, and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation were selected by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to research, study and implement the possibility of developing a new business model around production and use of hydrogen at New Chitose Airport, Hokkaid?, Japan.

The main purpose of this union of forces and minds is to use renewable electricity resources, which are necessary in terms of mobility and heating at the new Chitose airport, the first referring to ground support equipment and nearby public transport, and the latter being necessary for facilities such as passenger terminals, nearby hotels and other buildings, especially since Hokkaido Prefecture has nature on its side, with a great potential for developing wind, solar and other renewables. CO2-free electricity that is generated by these sources can be used both directly or indirectly through the production and use of hydrogen.

Studies to begin in the near future are set to determine whether hydrogen can be used as an aviation fuel, and how effective it is compared to other uses of energy, including electrification. If this confirms and the operations are feasible, then airports may become a hub for hydrogen usage, contributing to exploiting the prefecture’s renewable resources and ultimately developing a hydrogen society throughout the prefecture.

"Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in Japan. The number of deaths attributable to air pollution has been rising continuously over the past decade. A major cause of air pollution is fossil fuel combustion, which is produced from power plants, industrial facilities, and automobiles. Therefore, most pollution areas are highly populated, urban areas. The energy conversion sector was the main polluting sector in Japan, causing most carbon dioxide emissions. After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011, nuclear energy was replaced by fossil fuels such as coal and gas, resulting in increased emissions shortly after the disaster.", as Statista concluded.

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