JERA and Yamanashi Prefecture Collaborate to Forge a Regional Green Hydrogen Value Chain

JERA, a major player in Japan’s energy sector, has entered into a strategic partnership with Yamanashi Prefecture to propel the development of a robust regional green h2 value chain. This collaboration aims to establish a reliable and cost-effective system for producing and delivering carbon-free power and hydrogen-based fuel. By combining the unique strengths of Yamanashi Prefecture’s power-to-gas (P2G) system-based regional energy model and JERA’s expansive global green hydrogen value chain, the initiative seeks to advance sustainable energy solutions.

Yamanashi Prefecture is actively implementing its P2G system, known as the Yamanashi model, utilizing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) water electrolysis equipment to produce green hydrogen. In parallel, JERA is engaging in technology collaborations with global partners to construct an efficient and comprehensive hydrogen value chain.

The inaugural phase of this collaboration involves the potential installation of hydrogen power-generating equipment in Komekurayama, Yamanashi. The plan encompasses conducting demonstration tests of local power-generating technology capable of supplying 24/7 carbon-free electricity. This electricity will be sourced from a combination of solar and other renewable energy sources, benefiting businesses headquartered or operating in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Aligned with their commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, Yamanashi Prefecture and JERA are actively contributing to decarbonization across diverse sectors. This collaboration seeks to play a pivotal role in the development of a hydrogen energy society, leveraging local resources for a sustainable future.

In other impactful initiatives, JERA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kyushu Electric Power in October 2023, focusing on comprehensive discussions to drive decarbonization efforts and ensure a stable energy supply. Additionally, in September 2023, through JERA Ventures, the company invested approximately £1 million ($1.24 million) in Immaterial, a UK-based firm pioneering CO2 capture and hydrogen storage technologies to accelerate the energy transition.

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