Canada-based Ballard Power’s hydrogen fuel cells have been selected to provide emergency power supply for a clean energy community verification project in Soma, in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture.
With 25kW of output, the fuel cells, which are said to have the largest scale of capacity in Japan, have been installed at the Soma Revitalization Smart Community Construction project, through Ballard’s distributor in Japan, Toyota Tsusho.
By using renewable energy and storage batteries to manage the energy of the entire community, the Soma project uses excess electricity from solar power to create hydrogen for storage. In an emergency situation, Ballard's direct hydrogen fuel cells will be used to generate backup power.
Toyota Tsusho said it will continue to develop and expand the use of fuel cell technology as an emergency power source, given it has “low electric transmission loss and high energy efficiency”— and the distributed energy has a high response capability.